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What Can I Do to Make Sure My Furnace Doesn’t Pose a Safety Hazard to My Family?

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You can never underestimate the importance of safety and prevention when it comes to your gas furnace. Gas furnaces produce carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless and colorless gas that’s very difficult to detect without special equipment. They also are a combustion-based form of heating, which means you need to take precautions with regular maintenance and upkeep.

To keep your furnace running properly, and to reduce your risk of carbon monoxide exposure or other dangers, here’s a list of four things you need to know to maximize safety and prevention:

1. Get your furnace cleaned and inspected by a pro on a semi-annual basis.

Inspections are best scheduled right before summer and winter. The professional you hire should inspect for minute cracks in the combustion chamber, which could lead to a CO leak.

2. Install carbon monoxide detectors.

Because you can’t smell it and can’t see it, properly installed detectors ensure you know when you and your family might be in danger.

3. Change your furnace filter quarterly (or more).

You usually can find the filter just inside the front cover, although it occasionally has its own access door. A clean filter ensures proper air flow, and reduces the amount of dust and other particulates contaminating the combustion chamber.

4. Don’t store other combustibles (gasoline, paint thinner, old rags, etc.) nearby.

Generally speaking, if it can catch fire, it shouldn’t be anywhere near your furnace.

Adhering to these four rules will go a long way toward keeping your family safe this winter.

Still Have Questions?

The pros at Jerry’s Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help. We can send one of our furnace professionals out to your house right away, and help you address any concerns you might have about the safety and function of your furnace. Just contact us and we’ll dispatch one of our furnace safety and prevention experts right away.

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