HVAC Engineering Precautions – It's Better Safe Than Sorry
Make sure you take the correct precautions when it comes to your system’s energy source.
Heating and air conditioning is something we all take for granted. We probably don’t remember that each type of heating and air conditioning system comes with a “user beware” awareness. Why user beware? Well, the energy source, whether it be fuel oil, natural gas, propane gas, refrigerant, or ammonia that generates the heating or cooling, each requires precautions when used as part of an engineered system.
I thought I’d highlight how each of these systems can be hazardous but want to note that all these heating and cooling sources are safe to use when engineered, operated, and maintained correctly.
Fuel oil heating — Oil leaks are not good for the environment and can occur in one’s home or in the building he or she works in. Pipe leaks primarily occur at fittings, valves, or on pieces of equipment. Leaks can occur around oil filters if the filter removal caps are not put back on correctly. Oil tanks, whether above or below ground, can experience leak(s) over time in the tank due to corrosion from within. The handling of oil in tanks must be done with care to prevent spills. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that results from burning oil, which can be lethal, so it’s important to make sure the equipment room has adequate ventilation maintained as equal or positive pressure within the room.