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- On January 30, 2019
- furnace, furnace safety, HAMCO, heating, HVAC Tips
When it comes to furnace safety, you shouldn’t take any risks. While there are safety features built into modern heating systems, it’s still the homeowner’s responsibility to schedule annual furnace inspections, regularly check the filter and ensure carbon monoxide detectors are properly working.
Furnace Safety Tip #1 – Schedule Annual Maintenance
The best way to know if your heating system is safe to use is by having an expert assessment. You should have a certified technician inspect, clean and tune-up the furnace each and every year. During maintenance, a heating specialist will be able to spot any problem areas, make small adjustments to increase efficiency and ensure that there are no safety hazards that need to be addressed.
Furnace Safety Tip #2 – Change Furnace Filters
A clogged furnace filter is the root of many heating system problems. It can lower efficiency and comfort, distribute dust and debris throughout the home and could even be the cause of a furnace fire. Best practice to check filters monthly and change as needed.
Furnace Safety Tip #3 – Check Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries
You should have several carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home. At the very minimum you need to have one on each floor of the home—including basement—and outside of every sleeping area. Should there ever be a carbon monoxide leak from your furnace, the detector will alert you to the fact that this deadly, odourless, colourless and tasteless gas is present in your home. Follow manufacturer instructions for changing batteries and cleaning the units. Also, remember that detectors have an expiration date so ensure you know when detectors should be replaced.
Furnaces keep our homes and families warm during the winter and they should operate safely as long as they are properly maintained.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your furnace appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us.
HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. has been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby, Burlington and Brantford since 1946.