Furnace Safety 101

October 1, 2019

Taking some time to learn your furnace safety basics can mean keeping your home warm while ensuring the safety of your loved ones. Here are some actionable steps you can take to keep your furnace functioning optimally.

Keep Clear of Flammables

The furnace closet is a space reserved for your furnace. Even though you may be tempted to use that space to store other items, you should keep it clear of anything else, especially flammable liquids or items that restrict airflow.

Replace the Air Filter

Your furnace can overheat if the air filter is clogged. Make sure to replace your air filter regularly. Replacing it before turning on your furnace for the season is a good practice to abide by.

Check the Vent Pipe

Checking your vent pipe is as simple as looking for deterioration, loosening joints, and obstructions. If you spot anything that can cause blockages, let your heating professional know so that he or she can tend to the matter.

Inspect the Vents in Each Room

Vents can become blocked by dust and other debris. Wiping them down is usually enough to keep vents clear to facilitate airflow. Also, make sure most of your vents are open. Having more than 20% of your home’s vents closed can cause your furnace to overheat.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a sneaky and dangerous gas that human senses cannot detect. This potentially lethal gas is a by-product of combustion, so being able to detect its presence in your home is of great importance. Luckily, you can install a carbon monoxide detector that will keep you and your loved ones safe. Be sure to replace its batteries twice a year for uninterrupted operation.

Plan Professional Maintenance

A knowledgeable heating professional can conduct the necessary maintenance on your furnace to keep it running efficiently and safely throughout the cold months. If you are a homeowner in Oshawa, ON, you can turn to Comfort Masters Ltd. to schedule a maintenance appointment.

At Comfort Masters Ltd., we have you covered with 24/7/365 emergency repair services. We also offer cooling installation and fireplace services with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Call us today to get more information or to schedule an appointment.