As the temperatures begin to drop across many parts of the country, furnaces will begin to start running, again. Now is the time to start to think about furnace safety tips before you start up your furnace and before tragedy may strike.
• Never store cleaning supplies near a furnace. Most cleaning supplies contain flammable chemicals.
• Once a year have your furnace inspected by a professional. This may help save you on money down the line and keep you from being out of heat during those coldest days of winter.
• Inspect your furnace filter before you start your furnace. A dirty filter can stop the air from flowing through your home as well as it could cause you to waste energy and money. A dirty air filter can also cause the furnace to become to hot and crack the heat exchanger. A crack heat exchanger and cause carbon monoxide to come into your house. Carbon monoxide can actually kill us. All furnace filters should be changed every three to four months.
• Place a carbon monoxide detector in your home as an added extra precaution.
• Keep the area around your furnace clean and well ventilated
• Keep your furnace burner clean
• When your furnace repairman comes out for his/her yearly inspection, ask to see if the motor or any gears needs to be lubricated.
• Do not close off more than 20% of your home’s heating registers. This can cause too much heat to build up within your furnace.
• If your furnace begins to make strange sounds, huffing, puffing, banging or clunking, call your service technician right away and described the problem
• If you ever smell gas, call your utility company right away to report the problem
If you take the necessary safety tips, your furnace will continue to run properly and your home will continue to stay warm all winter long.
ABC news, WSYX Columbus, OH