While using a gas furnace to heat your home is cost effective, it’s important to keep your family’s safety in mind when operating your system. Here are some tips to ensure that your furnace is keeping you safe as well as warm this winter.
- Schedule preventive maintenance: An annual furnace tuneup is essential to keep your system running safely and efficiently when you’re using a gas furnace. Your HVAC professional will check and tighten gas and electrical connections, measure current and voltage on the motor, lubricate moving parts, perform a carbon monoxide test and test your CO detectors.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors: Carbon monoxide is called a “silent killer” because it’s odorless, colorless and tasteless. It’s also deadly. Protect your family by installing a carbon monoxide detector on each floor in your home. Place the detectors close to the ceiling, and make sure to install one in close proximity to the sleeping areas of your home. Avoid placing detectors in the kitchen and bathroom, as humidity can cause a false alarm.
- Keep your furnace area clean: Make sure you have a clear path to your furnace and keep the area around the system free of debris and dust. Know the location of your gas shutoff valve, and keep the area around it clear and accessible in case of an emergency.
- Change your furnace filter monthly: Not only does a dirty air filter impede airflow and decrease the efficiency of your system, but it can also be a fire hazard. Stock up on furnace filters before the heating season starts, and change your filter once a month.
- Respond immediately to gas odors: If you smell gas around your furnace, call your gas provider immediately. Attach a slip of paper with emergency numbers to your furnace so you don’t have to spend valuable time looking for the right phone number. If you are unable to reach the gas company, call 911.
For more expert advice about keeping your family safe this winter, or to schedule preventive maintenance on your furnace with one of our HVAC professionals, please feel free to contact AirRite. We serve the Fort Worth/Arlington area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about gas furnaces and other HVAC topics, gas furnace download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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