It’s Cold This Winter, Is Your Furnace Safe?
The furnace you buy today isn’t like the one you bought even a decade ago. It’s more efficient. It’s more economical. And it does a great job keeping your family warm.
But like any fuel-burning appliance, a furnace has its risks. If a furnace isn’t properly maintained, it can be hazardous to your family’s health. With winter firmly upon us, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind.
1. Change your air filter – yes, we mention this a lot. It’s because it’s one of the most important tips we can stress to you. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow to your furnace, which overworks the system and can cause potentially harmful effects. And if the dirt builds up, it can also lead to efficiency issues down the road. In winter months, especially if you use your heat regularly, change your filter once a month.
2. Test your smoke alarms – furnace problems can lead to potential fire hazards. This is why it’s important to ensure your smoke alarms are functioning properly. Test your alarms at the beginning of the season and change out the batteries at least once per year.
3. Test your carbon monoxide detectors – carbon monoxide is one of the biggest safety threats to a malfunctioning furnace. Be sure to test all of the detectors in your home each year, replace batteries as needed, and replace your detectors every few years to ensure you have the latest technology.
4. Clean the area around your furnace – furnaces are usually found in out of sight places, in the basement or crawlspace, or tucked away in a closet. It’s a likely place to place a few boxes. Yet this can lead to potential dangers, especially if it’s flammable or hazardous. Avoid using the area around your furnace as a storage area.
5. Schedule an annual check up – don’t worry if we’re already halfway through winter; a maintenance call can help you identify potential problems no matter what time of the year. And if you catch problems early, they can often be fixed for low cost, instead of waiting for them to snowball into larger, more costly problems down the road.
Is your furnace safe for your family? Does it operate as efficiently as it could? Schedule a check up for your furnace today and find out.