What Does A Furnace Do?
Modern gas furnaces have safety features that turn off the furnace if there is an issue with carbon monoxide, a deadly byproduct of the combustion process. If you are unsure about the safety features on your furnace, schedule furnace maintenance with your HVAC company and inquire. Here are some additional furnace safety tips.
Safely Using Your Gas Furnace
- Carbon monoxide is your primary safety concern with a gas furnace. Although a properly functioning gas furnace will emit small amounts of CO that are not generally harmful, it is critical to monitor CO production to determine if it ever reaches the danger zone. CO monitors are your best line of defense against this danger. Check CO monitors on a regular basis to ensure that the batteries are charged, the wires are connected, and the sensors are operational. Monitors that are five years or older should be replaced. Install a monitor outside each bedroom.
- Inquire about the heat exchanger when your HVAC technician inspects your furnace. Small cracks can form in this part of the furnace over time, allowing CO to leak out. Inquire about the burners as well. The flame should be blue, not orange. Burners may need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
- Replace your air filter as directed. Clean filters promote good airflow, which aids in the efficient heating of your system. It also prevents dust from entering your home.
- Keep things out of the way of vents, registers, and the furnace itself.
- Always ensure that the front panel door of the furnace is closed. Without the door, the risk of CO poisoning increases. In general, furnaces will not operate without the door in place; however, if you have an older furnace, this safety feature may not be present.
- Keep combustible materials, such as solvents, paint, and gasoline, away from the furnace.
- Maintain the status of your registers.