Natural gas is an excellent source of fuel to provide energy to many appliances in your Mandeville, Louisiana, home. This gas is clean, affordable, and safe as long as you take precautions. Here are several tips you should follow to ensure you and your family are safe with natural gas in your home.
Pay Attention to Strong Odors
One of the first signs of a natural gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs. If you notice this unpleasant odor, leave the house and call your utility provider. A leak could require a call to your HVAC technician to make repairs or replace parts.
Schedule Regular Maintenance for Natural Gas Appliances
If your furnace, stove, or hot water heater are powered by gas, you need to schedule regular maintenance. HVAC technicians can check over appliances and test for gas leaks at least once a year. When you properly maintain these units, they will last longer and be more efficient.
Locate the Natural Gas Shut-off Valve
When you move into a home with natural gas, you need to make sure you know where the gas shut-off valve is located. You might want to keep a screwdriver near the valve in case you need to shut it off in an emergency or if a major storm or hurricane is predicted.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
An inexpensive way to give yourself peace of mind is to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. These small units are like smoke alarms and will alert you if there is a problem. If you are unsure how or where to install a detector, one of our HVAC technicians can help.
Keep the Area Free from Obstructions
You need to make sure the area around your hot water heater and gas fireplace are free from obstructions. Do not pile items in and around your hot water heater or fireplace because this restricts airflow and could be a fire hazard.
Follow these natural gas tips to keep your home safe and your appliances efficient. If you have questions about natural gas or need appliances installed or maintained, give us a call at Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling at (504) 517-7595.
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