It will be fairly warm this week during the daytime hours, but looking ahead you’ll see a lot of temperatures in the 60’s — and even as low as the 40’s at night! By now it is fairly obvious that summer has come and gone once more, and it is time to brace ourselves for the heating season. That means that you need to know that your heater in Des Moines, IA is functioning properly. Even more importantly, that it will heat your home safely.
We are obviously not trying drum up fears about home heating among our valued clients, of course. Modern heating systems are safer than ever before, and scheduling your heating services with professionals like those on our staff helps to minimize the risk of encountering safety issues even further. That being said, though, you should be aware of a few potential issues that could compromise your safety.
If you use a natural gas furnace or another heating system in your home, such as a gas water heater, stove, or other appliance, then you should be aware of the danger posed by gas leaks. Natural gas is odorless in its natural state, but it actually has an additive that gives it a very distinctive odor. If you’ve smelled natural gas before, you know just what we’re talking about. It smells like rotten eggs, and that sulfuric odor is designed to alert you to the presence of natural gas in your home. If you smell it in your living space, vacate the premises and call the appropriate authorities. If you need heater repairs to resolve the issue, we’ll get them done promptly and correctly.
Another issue to be aware of is carbon monoxide, and this can be even more troubling. While natural gas is a fuel that has an odor added to it, carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning fuel, such as gas or oil, and it is completely without a scent, color, or taste. That is why it is so important that you have reliable, hardwired carbon monoxide detectors in your home. They should also have battery backups. When you schedule your heating installation and maintenance services with us, you can count on your heater working properly. Even so, safety precautions must be taken.
Schaal Heating and Cooling is here to help you heat your home safely, reliably, and efficiently this winter.