Safety Tips For Grand Rapids Furnaces & Boilers
Fossil fuels are often used to power furnaces and boilers. There are various furnace systems that use either natural gas or propane for efficient heating. Many choose a furnace or boiler that is gas operated for the efficiency. In cold climates, like ours in the Grand Rapids, MI area, these systems can save loads on energy, especially with today’s new high efficiency requirements for manufacturers. Today’s gas furnaces can give you 90% to 98% AFUE in Energy Star approved equipment, which is quite an accomplishment. Whether you are remodeling and need a new system or your old one needs replacement, you’ll have some great options for your heating needs in replacement and furnace repairs in Grand Rapids.
Boilers are furnaces with a twist, meaning many serve both the hot water and heating needs of Grand Rapids homes and businesses. Since gas lines and parts are used in these systems, it’s important for you to know a little about safety if you own one. Gas leaks are dangerous to you and your property, and to everyone you’re responsible for. So keep these tips in mind to ensure everyone and everything is safe at all times.
Grand Rapids Furnace Repairs & Boiler Maintenance Tips
- Regular Maintenance for gas furnaces are imperative. Your heating contractor in Grand Rapids will test your system during maintenance and check all the parts to ensure everything is working right. The times you set up for maintenance is dependent on how old your system is. Older furnaces should be maintained more frequently, especially in commercial or multi-family situations. Manufacturers recommend maintenance at least every six months for all furnaces. Routine maintenance will also ensure you can reduce how often you call for furnace repairs in Grand Rapids.
- Tune Ups & Testing are also vital. The tune up can involve gas leak detection and will tune up the furnace to prepare it for the cold season. Your whole system will be checked from top to bottom with many other things inspected by experts. A tune up should be done for your Grand Rapids Furnace yearly, right before you need it for the cold weather.
- Make sure your Grand Rapids heating contractor is properly certified, trained, experienced, and honest. To work on gas lines and gas fueled equipment requires specific training. The last thing you want is a repair or new installation done wrong by a Grand Rapids heating contractor who wasn’t qualified to do the work.
- Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Always, if you have gas feeding into your home or business, you should have CO detectors. There are health consequences for pregnant women and children who can’t be exposed to gas vapors. Exposure at 10-35 ppm is all it takes to cause problems. Grapids Heating & Cooling wants to help you by advising you to have this equipment installed in your home or business whether you choose us or someone else. We have carbon monoxide detectors that detect levels as low as 5 ppm. Note that exposure over 25 ppm calls for evacuation and immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of gas poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, blacking out, seizures, dizziness, light-headedness, and feeling exhausted all the time. If you have any signs of these systems or are concerned about your gas furnace, please give us a call right away. If you know you have a gas leak, evacuate the home or business right away and give us a call. You should also call your gas company’s leak line immediately.
For proper furnace and boiler maintenance in the Grand Rapids area, be sure to give the experts at Grapids Heating & Cooling a call today. We’ll provide you with all the heating services you need, from furnace repairs to boiler replacements, and everything in between.