The short answer to the question above is absolutely not. When you smell gas, there’s a problem. Modern gas heating systems are designed to keep your family safe, but an older unit may be more prone to problems such as gas leaks. Even if you have a new unit, though, you may need to have repairs made to keep it running efficiently and safely. If you have a natural gas furnace in your Northglenn home, you may be wondering how to protect your family from gas leaks or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon Monoxide Versus Natural Gas
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of combustion that is produced by your furnace to heat your home, but it should not be present in your living area. Since it is odorless, you might not notice. That’s why a carbon monoxide detector is a good idea. It’s important to note, however, that carbon monoxide detectors do not monitor for natural gas leaks. Unlike carbon monoxide, a natural gas leak will produce a noticeable odor. Some people describe it as reminiscent of sulfur or rotten eggs. This odor is actually added to the gas by utility companies to warn people of their peril in the event of a leak.
Dangers of Natural Gas Leaks
Natural gas is an energy-efficient and affordable fuel that is used in many homes in Northglenn, Denver, and surrounding areas. If you have a furnace or other appliance that utilizes natural gas, you should be aware of signs that you have a leak. Natural gas is a highly combustible fuel source that needs to be carefully contained. Gas leaks can not only cause fires but also have negative health effects on your family.
Signs of a Gas Leak in Your Home
If you do notice an aroma of natural gas in your home, deal with the situation immediately. The threat should be taken seriously. Do not try to turn off the gas main by yourself. Everyone in the home should go outdoors right away. You can then notify the gas company. Once the emergency situation is under control, contact the experts at Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. to have a technician perform the necessary repairs to your heating system. Other signs of a potential natural gas leak from your furnace include:
- Spikes or gradual increases in gas costs when your utilization has not changed
- Dying house plants
- Headaches, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, loss of appetite, skin changes, and dizziness
- Unusual sounds coming from your furnace
- Damaged pipes
- Clouds of dust or a white substance near gas lines
Detection When the Furnace Cycles On
Many Northglenn homeowners who contact Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. report the emission of a distinct smell when the unit powers on. Even if you notice only a brief or light smell such as this, you should have your furnace serviced by one of our technicians. Do not try to locate the source of the leak on your own, as this will only increase the amount of natural gas that you inhale.
Gas Smell Through the Vents
Another time that homeowners contact us is when they notice a smell of natural gas coming through the vents of their HVAC system. This is likely a more significant leak. Immediately turn off the furnace, open the windows and leave your home. Contact the local gas company. You can also contact Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
Prevent Gas Leaks in Your Furnace
Most gas leaks can be prevented with routine professional maintenance of your furnace and HVAC system. Accidents do happen, but our technicians can give you peace of mind from knowing that your heating system is in good shape and can be operated safely. We can set up an appointment just for your furnace, or the technician can check your entire HVAC system, including the air conditioner, ducts, filters, electrical components, and more. Be sure to let the technician know about any smells and other issues that you notice.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Important
You may be tempted to forego a carbon monoxide detector in your home because it will not pick up on natural gas leaks, but these little devices can save your life. Carbon monoxide poisoning causes thousands of hospitalizations and deaths every year. A carbon monoxide detector is an excellent investment. We also recommend that you install a smoke detector. The professionals from Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can help you find units that combine smoke and carbon monoxide detection, and they’ll help you find the best locations in your home for the units.
Don’t Neglect the Smell of Natural Gas in Your Home
If you smell natural gas in your home, take steps right away to keep your family safe. Once the immediate emergency is managed, reach out to the experts at Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. to arrange an inspection by one of our technicians. We are also here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs, including installation, repairs, and maintenance. Call us today.