Most people in warmer climates only use their furnaces for just a few months out of the year, while those in colder areas use them for much larger portions of the year. No matter which group you fall into, it is imperative that you not only keep your furnace ready for operation but that you ensure that it’s ready to run safely as long as you need it.
There are many safety features built into modern gas and electric furnaces, and neither one is inherently dangerous, nor are they full of accidents or tragedies waiting to happen. This doesn’t mean, however, that service and routine maintenance can be neglected. There are some relatively easy things you can do to make sure that the performance of your home’s heating system is not only the best it can be but the safest as well.
Keep Up with All Maintenace
One of the things you can do to make sure your furnace is always operating as efficiently and safely as possible is to get maintenance done at the recommended intervals. This has benefits that are apparent in not only the regular operation of your heating equipment but also in how long the equipment lasts.
Be sure you have your pre-season maintenance done before the cool season arrives and you need to switch on the furnace. For most people, this will be early to mid-fall, though some people get it done sooner so that you don’t have to worry about scheduling during the busy season. Additionally, make sure you are changing out your furnace filters monthly or as needed, which will not only improve your air quality but will reduce wear on the fan.
Make Sure Your Co Detectors Are Working Well
Every home with a gas furnace should have one or more carbon monoxide, or CO, detectors. One of the byproducts of combustion is carbon monoxide, and while normally it’s vented safely outside the home when a malfunction occurs, and it builds up in the home it can be deadly.
CO detectors will let you know when the levels are outside of normal, safe levels, and can be a life-saving indicator to leave the premises and call a professional. This is most commonly seen when there is aging ductwork that is no longer sealed and allows the fumes to escape into the home.
Don’t Put Off Repairs
If you notice the performance of your furnace is off a little, don’t delay in getting it fixed. Generally, addressing problems before they worsen will save you money in the long run. Fixing that old furnace fan before it stops entirely will certainly prevent some unanticipated chilly nights, particularly during winter cold snaps.
Talk to A Professional
If you need repairs, whether minor or major or just need a hand with some general maintenance, we’re here to help. Reach out to us today to discuss your needs and figure out a time that’s convenient for you.