Natural gas furnaces are the most common type of furnace in the United States. There is no doubt that they provide quick, warm heat to your home even in the harshest Minnesota winter weather. However, many people worry about their safety. Here are a few wintertime gas furnace safety tips to help keep your family safe and your home toasty warm.
- Follow a Regular Maintenance Schedule — At least once a year, a natural gas furnace requires a complete check and tune-up by a licensed HVAC service technician.
- Maintain a Clutter Free Zone — Always keep the area around the furnace unit’s cabinet clutter free. Also keep combustible materials away from the furnace’s exhaust vent.
- Change the Furnace’s Filter — Furnace filters become clogged with dirt and debris over time. Without adequate airflow to the furnace, the unit can start to overheat. Overheating not only poses a fire danger but also may shorten the lifespan of your furnace. You should check the furnace filter once a month. If the filter is dirty, it should be changed. Normally, the filter will require changing every three months.
- CO Detectors — The biggest safety danger that a gas furnace poses is the buildup of carbon dioxide inside the home. Although such an occurrence is rare, especially with newer furnaces, it is important to make sure your home has CO detectors located in every room of the residence. A CO detector will signal if there is a rise in carbon dioxide in the house.
Please contact the heating experts at Metro Heating & Cooling to schedule a complete maintenance on your home’s gas furnace. Our HVAC professionals are here to answer all of your furnace questions.