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Why Sealed Combustion Closet is Essential for Safe Home Air

Why Sealed Combustion Closet is Essential for Safe Home Air

If your Peachtree City home has a gas furnace or water heater inside, you may not realize that the equipment can pose a hazard to your family’s health and safety. To ensure you have a healthy, safe home air supply, it’s vital to learn about this potential risk and why a sealed combustion closet is the solution.

Why Combustion Equipment May Pose a Safety Risk

Furnaces and water heaters are commonly installed within the conditioned envelope of a home, so they get the air needed for combustion from the surrounding room. They’re also vented outdoors to allow exhaust fumes to exit. An installation setup like this can pose two serious threats to your family’s safety:

  • Water heater exhaust backdrafting. When combustion air is being drawn from inside the home and expelled outdoors, negative pressure can pull hazardous fumes back down the exhaust pipe. This can lead to incomplete fuel combustion in the appliance’s burner, and send life-threatening carbon monoxide into your home’s air supply.
  • Loss of a critical furnace safety feature. If your water heater’s vent pipe is connected to your furnace flue and it becomes blocked, the sensor in the furnace may not accurately detect the resulting increase in pressure and shut off the unit for safety. This can let hazardous trapped exhaust fumes backdraft down the water heater’s vent pipe.

A Sealed Combustion Closet Solves the Problem

Enclosing the furnace and water heater in a sealed combustion closet can prevent potential backdrafting. To be effective, such a closet must:

  • Be completed sealed and self-contained so air can’t enter the surrounding room.
  • Have a weatherstripped access door with a tight threshold to stop any air leakage.
  • Have any wall or ceiling penetrations properly air sealed.
  • Be equipped with two combustion air inlets – one that terminates a foot from the floor, and the other a foot from the ceiling.
  • Have air inlets sized according to the equipment capacity – with a square inch of inlet size per 4,000 Btu of equipment input capacity.

For expert help creating a safe home air supply, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Host a Safe Easter Egg Hunt: Prevent Lost Eggs In Your Air Vent

Host a Safe Easter Egg Hunt: Prevent Lost Eggs In Your Air VentAn Easter egg hunt is a fun-filled event for children and adults alike. If you’ll be hosting this springtime tradition this year, you have lots of planning and prep work to tackle, like choosing treats and toys, finding the best egg hiding spots, and preparing edibles and beverages for the adults to enjoy. Here are some tips on how to ensure a safe Easter egg hunt for everyone who attends and your cooling system, too:

Choose the Best Treats for All Ages

To relieve any concerns about egg and dye dangers, opt for plastic eggs filled with safe toys and treats. When choosing what to use, remember that small items are a potential choking hazard for toddlers and younger children. It’s best to avoid hard, round, foil-wrapped and small candies like jelly beans, along with trinkets and toys that can come apart in smaller pieces.

Make Sure Your Hunt Area is Hazard-Free

Plan out a specific hunt area, then clear it of any potential safety hazards. Outdoors, block off access to your HVAC unit, and stow away items like garden tools, hoses, extension cords, and fertilizer/pesticide containers. Indoors, remove breakables and other items that could cause injuries, and cover electrical outlets.

Safeguard Your Cooling System

Keeping the children safe is a top priority, but you should also be proactive about protecting your HVAC system components from possible harm. To avoid issues like airflow restrictions and overworking your cooling system:

  • Keep your air vents fully open and unobstructed
  • Don’t shut the doors to unused rooms
  • Put in a fresh air filter
  • Raise your thermostat setting by a few degrees
  • Run the ceiling fans to make rooms you plan to use more comfortable
  • Remember to turn off the fans and readjust the thermostat setting later on
  • After everyone leaves, check all the registers that children could have accessed to make sure there are no small toys or candy dropped down the air vents

For more tips about how to plan a safe Easter egg hunt and protect your Peachtree City home’s HVAC system from harm, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Leaves and Your HVAC Unit

Leaves and Your HVAC UnitAs the fall season arrives, you can expect to have leaves falling around your outdoor HVAC unit. While you might be tempted to wait until they’ve all fallen before raking them up, keep in mind that they can end up causing trouble for your HVAC system. Keep these outdoor HVAC unit protection tips in mind, so you can ensure optimal efficiency and a lower risk of repairs for your HVAC unit.

 

Remove Leaves Around the Unit

As leaves fall to the ground, you’ll want to keep the area around your outdoor unit as clear as possible. Otherwise, air can’t flow through it freely, resulting in decreased efficiency and higher utility bills. Use a rake to clear leaves from the ground around your outdoor unit, and get rid of any weeds that are out there as well.

 

Trim Tree Branches

If you have trees near your outdoor unit, trim the branches so that they don’t hang over it. Having branches above your unit means that you’ll have leaves falling right into it and clogging up the components. When your outdoor unit has debris inside it, this can result in damage and unexpected repairs.

 

Check and Clean Inside the Unit

If you notice any leaves or other debris inside your HVAC unit, you should have it cleaned out. You can do this by shutting off power to the unit, taking the sides off and carefully removing debris and cleaning the components. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, schedule HVAC maintenance. HVAC professionals can handle this task for you to ensure that your outdoor unit is free of leaves and other debris.

 

Cover Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

When you’re done running your air conditioning for the season, place a protective HVAC cover over your outdoor unit. These covers provide dependable outdoor HVAC unit protection that prevents leaves and other debris from getting inside it.

 

If you need more information on outdoor HVAC unit protection, please contact Powers Heating & Air. We can help you keep the outdoor unit at your Peachtree City home safe this fall.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.