How To Use Your Boiler Safely

Having a boiler to heat your home is a wonderful privilege. Anytime you get even a little chilly, all you have to do is turn a knob, and you'll enjoy instant heat and comfort. However, as nice as they are, boilers can also present certain dangers if they are not cared for properly. To make sure you and those you care about stay both safe and warm this winter, keep a few safety tips in mind.

Malfunctioning Parts

Many boiler-related accidents, such as fires and other problems, could have easily been prevented through some routine maintenance. Broken or malfunctioning parts can lead to a seriously malfunctioning boiler.

The age and overall condition of your boiler will determine how often you need to have it inspected. Have a professional set you up on a good maintenance and inspection schedule and then stick to it. Finding and fixing problems quickly is necessary to prevent serious accidents.

Not Enough Airways

If you're using a gas furnace, it's important for you to have at least a couple of places where fresh air can get into your home. Gas boilers need oxygen in order to fully burn up their dangerous fuels and to prevent a home from becoming overloaded with carbon monoxide.

Unfortunately, a lot of modern homeowners starve their homes of oxygen in an effort to save on heating costs. They'll often seal up their doors, close their windows tight, and basically keep air out in any way possible. And, while that might save on heating costs, it's definitely not safe.

Using a Boiler as Storage Space

Boilers are designed to heat a home. They are absolutely not designed as storage space. If you are storing items on top of, around, or even behind your furnace, you are putting your safety and your home at risk.

When items are stored on or near a boiler, air flow can't happen as it should, which could lead to a fire. Keep the area around and above your furnace completely clear to avoid this very real danger.  

Leaking Gas Lines

Gas furnaces can also prove dangerous if the gas line connected to them develops a leak. Fortunately, signs of a leak are usually pretty noticeable.

A bad odor, a "hissing" sound as the gas escapes from the line, and obviously broken or damaged lines spell trouble. If you notice a leak, turn off the gas and call your boiler company for immediate help.

As you can see, boilers do come with some risks. It's your job as a homeowner to be aware of those risks and to help reduce them by following these tips. Contact a company like Vowel Plumbing & Heating for assistance.