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What Is a Flue Gas Analyzer and Why Do You Need It

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Though winter is coming to an end and spring is bringing warmer temps, many areas of the world are still experiencing cool weather. Heating homes relies on the use of air and fuel in a heater, boiler or furnace. Depending on your location, you could experience many more cold nights and days. Using certain tools such as analyzers can lower the cost of heating your living spaces.

What It Is 

A flue gas analyzer is used to measure the gas concentrations (or products of combustion) in the air when fossil fuels are being burned. Primarily the analyzers are used to help boilers, furnaces and heaters run efficiently and safely. A flue analyzer can alert an installer or servicer that C02 emissions are high and there is a potential issue. This small reading can have huge, life-saving effects.  They are considered a furnace diagnostic tool. The more efficiently the systems run the less fuel they use to operate. Less fuel naturally provides cost savings to the one paying the bill.

Cleaner Indoor Air

A primary benefit to using a flue analyzer is the ability to have cleaner air to breathe within the home. An efficiently operating heating system releases fewer pollutants both in the air outside and in the living quarters. Combustion pollutants include nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter, nitric oxide (NO) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). If you are concerned with the environmental impact of these systems. An analyzer helps measure these gas pollutants and helps you lower your environmental impact.

Spend Less Money

Reducing the amount of fuel required to operate the heat in the home can lower your utility bills. The farther north you live, the more you rely on heat to stay warm throughout the year. Lowering the pollutants in the indoor air can help lower your medical expenses too. Indoor pollutants can cause respiratory illnesses among other things. Spending less time worrying about your health is a time saver.

As temperatures begin to rise, it’s a good idea to have the heating system checked. You can easily do it yourself with an analyzer or hire a professional who makes recommendations. The landlord may have this done to save costs of operating the building.