People sometimes think of home heating systems as potentially hazardous machines because they contain toxic and combustible gases. While it’s true that many heaters do contain gases that can create dangers, 1) not all of them do, and 2) the systems that do are still extremely safe thanks to modern technology. However, these systems still require regular maintenance and prompt repairs to make sure they remain safe.
Whatever type of furnace you have handling your home heating in Mahomet, IL, you can trust to the maintenance and repair services of Lanz Heating & Cooling to keep it working without danger.
Heaters and toxic gases
Let’s clear up first the heating systems that use no toxic or combustible gases whatsoever: heat pumps, electric furnaces, electric boilers, and ductless mini splits. These all use electricity to power them. They can pose fire hazards from poor wiring, but that’s it.
The heaters that use gas are gas-powered furnaces and boilers. These are among the most common types of heaters in the U.S., which is why people often feel concerned about all heaters. The power of natural gas is both effective at generating high levels of heat and also less expensive as an energy source than electricity, propane, or oil.
Natural gas is a hydrocarbon gas that consists mostly of methane, but also carbon dioxide (CO2). The gas you receive through the municipal line is refined natural gas with impurities removed. CO2 is not defined as a toxic gas, although high concentrations can create dizziness from an asphyxiating effect. However, carbon dioxide isn’t the chemical that concerns people with natural gas furnaces. That is carbon monoxide (CO), which is an exhaust product from the burning of natural gas. CO is highly combustible and toxic, as well as colorless, tasteless, and odorless—making it a major health concern.
In a gas furnace or boiler, the CO exhaust generated from burning the gas to release heat is safely vented from the indoors through an exhaust flue, and heat exchangers keep the CO from contact with the air that furnaces send through vents. Other safety mechanisms on the heaters work to keep carbon monoxide from escaping into the outside air.
You should encounter no serious issues with CO leaking from your heating system as long as you keep the system repaired and well maintained. However, it is a good precaution to have CO detectors installed in your home to warn you in case of an accident.
Call Lanz Heating & Cooling to sign up for our maintenance program to take care of your gas-powered furnace or boiler. (You should have it for any heater to keep it working effectively and efficiently.) Our technicians will come to your home once a year, usually during the fall, and inspect your system to make sure it remains in good working order. We also have 24-hour emergency service to make sure that you receive the home heating help you need, when you need it. For all your heating needs in Mahomet, IL, look to the professionals at Lanz Heating & Cooling to help keep you safe and warm all year round.