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3 Key Furnace Safety Tips
26 Oct
By: Climate Control

Maintenance agreements offer an easy and effective way to ensure the safe operation of your furnace this winter.

Maintenance agreements are an excellent way to keep your HVAC system not only running efficiently and effectively, but safely. Nowhere is this truer than with your furnace. If a furnace malfunctions, a cold home or office may not be the only thing on your mind. To stay safe, follow these tips:

1. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

A furnace, especially one that burns natural gas, oil or propane, produces deadly carbon monoxide. In a properly operating furnace system, this dangerous gas moves outside through pipes. However, any home or building with a furnace that produces carbon monoxide should have a working carbon monoxide detector. This will detect the presence of the deadly gas should something go wrong with the furnace.

2. Check the Furnace Exhaust

As mentioned above, the carbon monoxide produced by a furnace goes outside where it can safely dissipate into the outdoor air. To make sure this continues, periodically check the furnace exhaust pipes and make sure there are no obstructions. If there is a blockage, the carbon monoxide gas may begin to build up inside the building, harming its occupants.

3. Clean the Air Filter

A clean air filter is great for efficient operation of the furnace and HVAC system as a whole. But another advantage of a free flowing filter is safety. If a filter doesn't have regular cleaning, there will be a potentially dangerous layer of dust which can pose a potential fire risk. The risk of fire from a dirty air filter is small, but you should do everything you possibly can to reduce the risk of that happening.

If you sign up for the right HVAC maintenance agreements, many of these safety tips and tasks will take place automatically during a regularly scheduled visit. To learn more about maintenance agreements, contact our team of experts at Climate Control as soon as you can.

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