Furnace Safety 101

October 23, 2019

Regular preventative maintenance is the most important thing you can do to help ensure your furnace operates safely when you turn it back on in the fall. In addition to routine inspections and tune-ups, there are other precautions you should be taking. Here are a few of furnace safety tips.

Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Gas furnaces may be the most cost-effective heating systems if you already have a gas line in your house. Nonetheless, there are things you need to keep an eye upon.

Keep the area around your furnace clear. In particular, avoid storing combustibles like newspapers or old clothing near your furnace. Over time, dust and debris collect in air filters. Not only can clogged air filters reduce your furnace’s efficiency, but they can also hurt the air quality inside your home.

Even the most efficient gas furnace produces some amount of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in every room of your home. If your pilot light won’t stay lit, you may have an issue with the thermocouple. Though most direct ignition furnaces have sensors that are supposed to shut off the gas if the pilot light isn’t lit, those sensors aren’t always reliable. If your pilot light won’t stay lit, you could be at risk for a gas leak.

Electric Furnace Safety Tips

Electric furnaces carry fewer inherent risks than gas furnaces. There’s still the danger of fire, however, if anything flammable is in the area around the furnace or the heat-distributing elements. Keep those areas clear. To maintain optimal air quality throughout your home, inspect your furnace’s air filters regularly and change them when they are dirty.

Preventative Furnace Maintenance

Routine preventative maintenance checkups are the best way to help ensure your furnace will operate safely. At Home Heating Service, Inc., we offer clients in Colorado Springs, CO, a 31-point safety inspection and performance tune-up. We also provide a full range of heating and air conditioning services, including repairs and installations. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us today.