Is Your HVAC a Fire Hazard?Dust is one of the major causes of heating, ventilation, and conditioning (HVAC) system fires across the country. When a system is dusty, the dust particles could potentially catch fire and ignite the entire system. Here are a few ways to know if your HVAC system is a fire hazard and how to prevent a fire.Fire Hazard SignsThere are several different ways in which an HVAC system can be a fire hazard. If your system suffers from any of the following issues it could be posing a threat to your home and family:Dusty ventsDirty ductworkOverdue filter replacementsLoose, or poorly done, wiringOf these problems, dusty vents and equipment are the things that most frequently go unnoticed or unaddressed. One way to test for dust in your system is to do a visual inspection of the unit inside and outside the building. Another way to detect dusty systems is to check the filter. If the unit’s filter is dirty and dusty, it’s an indication that the entire system is dusty.Why Dust Is Bad for Your HVAC UnitDust in your HVAC unit is dangerous because a buildup of dust can cause a fire if the conditions are right. But it’s also bad for your machine in general and bad for your health. Dust will make your HVAC unit operate less efficiently, costing you money in the form of higher utility bills. The air will also be less safe in your home or office if dust builds up in your system. Cleaning your system regularly is important for guaranteeing that you are breathing clean air.Ways to Prevent a FireThere are several steps in preventative maintenance when it comes to keeping your HVAC properly working and safe. The first is to do routine maintenance, as recommended by the manufacturer, and to keep the machine as clean as possible. Another way to make sure that your unit is running as safely is to hire a professional to inspect the unit. They will be able to make any safety recommendations as well as efficiency recommendations. It’s never advisable to perform detailed maintenance on your HVAC system if you’re not a licensed professional.HVAC maintenance and cleaning are essential to preventing a fire in your system. If you are in need of cleaning services, Kelly Klean can help. Our technicians can assess the safety and efficiency of your unit and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Call us at 573-561-5382 or visit our website.