When temperatures drop in Calgary, furnace heating becomes the key to a healthy and happy home.
However, it can also become dangerous if the proper furnace safety precautions are not observed. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we came up with the following tips and suggestions to ensure that you and your loved ones not only stay warm, but also safe during the colder months of the year.
Start Me Up!
When starting up your furnace for the first time in the fall you may perceive a peculiar smell. This can be normal as your furnace may have collected dust sitting idle during the summer months. The dust burns quickly and the smell should dissipate. However, if the strange odor persists, shut off the furnace and consult a qualified professional. Be aware of leaky valves or pipes, as gas can escape and be incredibly dangerous. Don’t hesitate to call Distinct Heating & Cooling or the gas company right away if this happens.
A Furnace Area That’s Clutter-Free
Maintain a clean area around your furnace. Do not store chemicals such as paint thinners, gasoline or aerosols in the area surrounding your furnace; they are extremely flammable! Keep the area free from clutter. This includes garbage, laundry, old rags, or wood scraps that can easily become a fire hazard.
Changing the Filter
At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend changing your air filter every 2 to 3 months. This simple – but often overlooked tip prevents your Calgary furnace from becoming clogged and possibly overheating. An overworked system may increase the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. Also, a dirty filter will allow dirt and other particles to interfere with your furnace’s components causing a number of efficiency, performance, and safety issues.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Furnace safety in your home continues with the proper detection. Every floor of your house should have at least one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is very real and dangerous, however, with the excellent detectors available on the market coupled with annual maintenance puts this threat at minimal risk.
Also, be sure that all these devices are working properly, so test them at least once every month. The average lifespan of a detector is about ten years. Batteries should be replaced once per year, but always keep a spare set on hand.
Inspection and Maintenance
Furnaces are machines comprised of complicated parts and moving components. To operate properly, and ensure safety, these parts and components require periodic inspection. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we recommend yearly inspections and tune ups of your Calgary furnace and home comfort equipment.
We offer an annual 30 point maintenance inspection that takes care of your furnace so that you don’t have to think about it. We will inspect & test for gas pressure & leaks, air flow, thermostat operation, safety controls, ignition system, CO testing, condition of burner tubes and many more items.
We are On Call
At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we have the tools, skills, and experience to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with everything being up to code and within the proper safety requirements of your Calgary furnace.
If you have any other safety questions or furnace concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are on call and always happy to help!