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April 22, 2010

Safety Guidelines on the Use of Propane Water Heaters

Filed under: Plumbing Tips — Tags: — admin @ 1:56 am

The safety of using propane water heaters is an important issue that you should properly address. Like with other house appliances, precaution must be observed at all times when operating this kind of heating device. That being said, it is critical that you are knowledgeable about the technicalities of the system as well as their installation and appropriate maintenance methods.

Generally, propane heaters use pressurized gas in order to efficiently operate. That being said, it is vital that you carefully examine whether it is ideal for you to integrate such heating system in your home. Propane is basically an odorless, colorless, and non-toxic gas that is used to power propane heaters. However, mercaptan is usually added on propane gas so that it can produce a noxious and unique smell. This way, gas leaks on propane heaters can be easily detected.

When installing propane water heaters, one of the main considerations that you have to stringently look into is the availability of proper venting systems. Proper ventilation is required when operating a propane water heating unit. If are considering on acquiring a wall-mounted propane heater, make certain that an electrical outlet is present near the area where you are planning to mount the unit. Moreover, it should also be connected to an outside vent to effectively remove emissions produced from the unit’s operation.

The installation of carbon monoxide detectors is an important precautionary measure that you have to take when using propane heaters. Be sure to install CO detectors on the floor areas nearby the unit. This safety measure is a must for any homeowner who owns a heating unit. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highly recommends the use of CO detectors for all households that have heating units, regardless of the type or heat source.

Even though propane practically has minimal level of carbon monoxide (in comparison to other fuel sources), investing in an early warning system is always a prudent move to prevent the likeliness of CO poisoning. Therefore, to avoid compromising the safety of your family, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a few bucks more on a reliable CO detector. Bear in mind that CO is an odorless and colorless gas; therefore, only specialized detectors can effectively detect its presence.

Also, never, ever use an unvented heater indoors. These types of heaters are intently designed only for outdoor use. Placing them indoors can considerably increase CO levels inside your home. Hence why, they should not be placed on any enclosed space. Lastly, ensure that the hose, nozzles, and regulators used to connect the propane heater all came from the same manufacturer to avoid compatibility issues.

The safety guidelines mentioned are simply meant to prevent neglect and misuse of propane water heaters!



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