Monday, October 10, 2016

Edmonton Heating Tips: Get to Know Backdrafting and How to Prevent It

Gas-fired appliances, such as furnaces and water heaters, utilize combustion to deliver heat. When these appliances do their job, a potentially dangerous by-product is produced: carbon monoxide. To combat the accumulation of harmful carbon monoxide in a home, these appliances are often built with a ventilation system that sends the carbon monoxide outside through a flue. When this ventilation system breaks down, backdrafting occurs.

What is backdrafting?

Backdrafting is when combustion gases get sucked back into the house. This can happen for a lot of reasons including low indoor air pressure and certain systems—such as exhaust fans, dryers, and fireplaces—that pull air in. If backdrafting is not addressed, it can cause a lot of health and respiratory problems, possibly even death.

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