When the seasons change and the temperatures get cold, we will turn on our home heating system to help us stay warm. While our furnaces run and keep our home’s warm there are some safety precautions we should consider. Furnaces are not dangerous to turn on and run but can become dangerous if neglected. JMS Air Conditioning & Heating would like to share how you can stay safe during the cold season and ensure that your home’s heating system is operating safely.
Keep Area Around Furnace Clean
The furnace can be located in a number of different areas depending on the design of the home. Some homes may house the furnace in the attic, in a closet, or in a basement. No matter where the furnace is housed, it is important that the furnace surroundings are kept clean and cleared of clutter and debris. Sometimes a furnace will get cluttered by storage boxes and other items. This can be dangerous and leads to poor efficiency. The furnace can get hot enough that if in contact with a flammable material it can set the home ablaze. To help maintain a safely functioning furnace, make sure the area around the furnace is clean and cleared.
Inspect & Test for Carbon Monoxide
One of the major concerns with a furnace is the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks. The furnace has a component called the heat exchanger. It is the heat exchanger that creates the heat that is circulated throughout the home. The heat exchanger will undergo frequent expanding and contracting throughout the winter. As the heat exchanger ages it can develop cracks where gases can leak out. Carbon monoxide is a gas that cannot be detected easily. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, meaning you will never know it is inside your home. Carbon monoxide can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and even death. This is why it is so important to have the furnace inspected. It is also recommended that you get a carbon monoxide detector and have one in each bedroom and in the major rooms in the home. You can get one that plugs into an outlet. They can help detect any carbon monoxide in the air and help keep your home safe.
Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
To help ensure that your furnace is running efficiently and safely, make sure your furnace has scheduled maintenance. A furnace should be inspected and serviced at least once a year to ensure the furnace is healthy and all of the component are in good condition. Operating systems are inspected, cleaned and some may need lucubration. More importantly, the HVAC technician can inspect the heat exchanger and discover any fire hazards near the furnace to help ensure safety. It is recommended you have your furnace serviced in the fall or before the major heating season arrives to make sure that your furnace is operating smoothly and safely.
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If you haven’t had your furnace serviced yet, make sure to have it done soon. Additionally, if you have a carbon monoxide detector that detects carbon in the air, contact help immediately. JMS Air Conditioning & Heating can come and inspect your home furnace and make sure it isn’t leaking carbon monoxide. For all of your HVAC needs, contact JMS Air Conditioning & Heating today.