Safety Tips for Using Your Gas Furnace

Furnaces are the best way to warm your home when the temperatures drop below or around freezing. However, gas furnaces can have safety risks when not used or maintained properly. To keep your furnace working efficiently and your family safe, you need to be aware of furnace safety. Here are some tips to reduce chances of fires or health issues caused by your furnace.

Keep Vents Clear

Air flow is important to your HVAC system. Make sure vents are not blocked by furniture or other items to keep air flowing through your duct system.

Keep Flammables Away from the Furnace

You want to keep the area around your furnace clean and clear to prevent fires. You should not store flammables like gasoline, paint thinners, rags, paper or cardboard near your furnace. Plus, you want to clean around your furnace to remove dust and lint that can ignite fires – vacuum at least once a month around the furnace and the vents.

Use a Smoke and CO Detector

One of big risks of a gas furnace is a gas leak. Natural gas can be deadly, but it is invisible and odorless. Make sure you have a working CO detector that can alert you if you have a gas leak and a smoke detector for fire warning.

Maintain Your Furnace

You should have an inspection and service performed on your furnace every year. This can identify any safety concerns and prevent breakdowns in the middle of winter. On top of annual maintenance, make sure to change air filters throughout the winter.

With a few safety precautions and maintenance, your furnace can safely keep your home and family warm all winter long.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
5950 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 475-9555

4 Benefits of Annual Furnace Tune-Ups

When was the last time you had a complete tune-up on your furnace? If it has been over a year, you are past due for service. Annual tune-ups keep your furnace maintained, which can lead to many benefits down the road. Here are four benefits you can reap from keeping up with your annual maintenance on your furnace.

  1. More efficiency. The immediate reward you may get from annual tune-ups is more efficiency for heating with your furnace, and lower utility bills. A well-maintained furnace runs better, with less fuel or energy, saving you money all winter long.
  2. Longevity. Like any mechanical system, a furnace will last longer when it is properly cleaned, lubricated and maintained. Extend the time between replacements with annual tune-ups on your furnace, saving you more money and making the most of your investment.
  3. Better air quality. Your furnace circulates the air in your home and can impact the quality of the air. Tune-ups can help improve the air quality with regular filter changes and other services to maintain clean, healthy air in your home.
  4. Tune-ups often catch issues that need to be repaired before they cause a break down of the system. Instead of waking up to a cold house and needing to call a repair company, keep your system working consistently with tune-ups every year.

Keep your heating costs as low as possible by sticking to a routine schedule for annual tune-ups on your furnace. It is a small investment that can pay for itself in better energy efficiency and fewer emergency repairs, as well as extending the life of your furnace.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 505-7426