Almost everyone has a furnace, but surprisingly few people think about it in terms of being potentially dangerous. While well-maintained and cared for Calgary furnaces are perfectly safe, ignoring furnace maintenance can result in problemsincluding carbon monoxide buildup, furnace failure, and even failure. Here are a couple of safety tips that anyone can use to keep their furnace as safe as possible.
Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Every level of your home should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector or smoke alarm in order to warn you in case of a fire. Try installing detectors away from any source of flame such as the kitchen or a fireplace in order to avoid false alarms, and then change the batteries regularly. Depending on the batteries you use, every 6 to 12 months should be sufficient.
Change Filters Regularly to Limit Dust Buildup
Did you know that dust and lint buildup in your filters can lead to dirty air? In damp conditions, mold spores can even build up in your air and dirty filters don’t help. Depending on your unique situation you should change your filters every 2 to 6 months. People with pets should change their filters every 2 months, as should anyone who frequently leaves the windows open.
Keep Areas Around Your Furnace Clean
Having anything around your furnace can present a hazard, not only because anything near your furnace could become a fire hazard, but also because it will take longer to get to your furnace in case of an emergency. Experts recommend that you keep trash and other flammable materials far away from your furnace and that you make sure it is easy to access at all times. Checking for soot around the furnace can also alert you as to whether or not there is a potentially dangerous leak. Soot on pipes almost definitely means that there is a hole!
Schedule Regular Maintenance
The most important safety tip for Calgary furnaces is to schedule regular maintenance.Having Distinct Heating & Cooling come out and perform a 30 point maintenancecheckup on your furnace could solve any problems before they result in furnace break down or become a danger to you and your family. For example, aDistinct Heating & Cooling technician could fix small issues, ensure that your emergency shutoffs are working correctly, ensure that flute and pipe seams are jointed properly, and do routine maintenance.
Other great tips to remember include that a newer furnace is likely to be a lot safer than one that is 15 to 20 years old, and that having a checkup before you start running your furnace in the winter never hurts. Consider hiring Distinct Heating & Cooling to either replace your old furnace or to run a maintenance checkup.