2021 November Newsletter
Stay Safe This Winter
Heating is one of the leading causes of household fires in the United States. Stay safe this winter and make sure your HVAC system is ready for heating. Heating systems using natural gas or propane should be tested and inspected EVERY heating season before being put into operation. Call us to schedule your heating tune-up today! 520.629.9833
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane do not burn completely. In the home, heating equipment is a potential source of CO. Now that cooler temperatures are here, everyone will be turning on their heat and homes could be susceptible to a CO leak. CO incidents are more common during the winter.
- Make sure you have your heating system checked annually so a professional can detect any issues and prevent serious problems.
- Test carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
- Install a smoke and CO detector near the furnace. Furnaces have the potential to leak CO due to malfunctioning heat exchangers. A carbon monoxide detector could save a life.
The first time you turn on your heat you may notice a temporary smell. The annual furnace odor is common and a result of dust accumulating on the heat exchanger over the months of inactivity. The high temperature of the heat exchanger burns the dust off over the first few heating cycles. This odor should dissipate within 24-48 hours under normal circumstances. If you notice a smell that appears to be more “burning” or “electrical” in nature, turn your system OFF and contact us immediately!
You may receive higher than normal gas bills this winter. Several news articles stated, “with prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter.”
Hamstra Helping Hands
Hamstra Helping Hands partners with Tucson Clean & Beautiful to donate and plant trees all over Tucson. Last month our team came together to help plant 60 trees in the community. If you would like to learn more and volunteer, visit www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org