Many Pacific Northwest homes rely on gas furnaces for heat during the fall and winter. These are popular systems because they are reliable, affordably priced, and often less expensive to operate when compared to electric heating systems. But, just like any machine, things can go wrong or need repair. Here are some ways to ensure your gas furnace stays safe and operating as it should this season.
Keep the unit clear
Don’t store cleaning products, boxes, paper, or other debris or clutter on or around the unit or the lines that go in and out of it. There should be plenty of clearance around the system. If there’s not, you could be at risk for an accidental fire.
Stay on top of routine maintenance
Professional maintenance on your furnace is critical. These appointments are the best way to detect any small issues with the machine that could turn into a bigger problem later. Nobody likes experiencing an unexpected furnace breakdown on a cold fall or winter day. We will make sure to check in the internal components of the system, run an energy-efficiency check, and make sure there are no repairs needed. We can also help clean the system and air filters to keep things running at peak performance.
Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that can be emitted from gas furnaces. It’s clear and odorless. But if it gets into the air you breathe, it can be poisonous and even fatal. Symptoms include dizziness, headache, upset stomach, or weakness. Having a working carbon monoxide detector in your home is a crucial safety measure to have in place. They can alert you to any carbon monoxide that may be making its way into your home so you can get outside in time.
If your gas furnace is more than 15 years old, chances are it may not be running as efficiently as it should. You may have even invested in repairs that are expensive and inconvenient. Now’s the time to consider replacing the system. Today’s gas furnaces are crafted with reliability and energy efficiency in mind. For more information about furnace safety or to schedule a repair or maintenance appointment, call our team at Climate Control today!