Green living is the topic of the day. It seems that just about everybody is preoccupied with reducing the usage of Earth’s natural resources. Why? Maybe because people have come to realize that these resources are scarce and, therefore, limited. If you’re like most people, then like most people you have opted for gas appliances. Unlike electrical ones, gas appliances are clean and, most importantly, they promote energy savings. There is no doubt that such domestic appliances come in handy. However, it’s important to take note of the fact that these devices can be dangerous. If they are poorly installed or maintained, the gas appliances produce large amounts of carbon monoxide. If you don’t want to be at risk in your own house, then you should better have them checked.
Making sure your gas appliances are safe
You need to have assurance that your household devices are safe and, implicitly, that they don’t emit hazardous gases. In other words, you need to have them evaluated. Gas checks should be carried out by qualified professionals, more specifically, by engineers. These experts carefully inspect the devices in your home, making sure that they operate correctly. During the course of the examination, the professionals ensure that the systems in place are working at the adequate pressure, there is sufficient air supply, and that the furnaces are uncluttered. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that a safety check isn’t the same thing as a service. Servicing refers to performing maintenance and routine work. Protection from harm isn’t the main concern. Even if you’ve had your oven or heater serviced recently, you still need to have a safety inspection executed.
Checking for gas leaks in your home
You should check for gas leaks in your home, just to be on the safe side. This kind of undertaking doesn’t require advanced knowledge or specialist tools. What you need to do is get a brush and a bowl of soapy water. No, you’re not going to disinfect the surfaces. All you will be doing is brushing a little bit of soapy water over the connections and hoses. If you notice any bubbles, then you can be sure there’s a problem. Another thing you can do is look at the flame emitted by the domestic appliances. Is the flame orange or yellow? If the answer is yes, then there is a gas leak somewhere. The flame should be blue in colour.
The important thing to understand is that it’s very hard to detect gas leaks. Ideally, you should have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home. If you don’t have this kind of device, then you should do it and right away. Even if the volatile substance doesn’t have smell, taste, or colour, the carbon monoxide detector will be able to identify it. This doesn’t mean that if you have a carbon monoxide alarm you shouldn’t proceed with the gas safety check. One shouldn’t be used as a substitute for the other. When you do purchase an alarm, have it installed by an engineer.