If you have a gas furnace, it’s imperative that you’re aware of the possibility of it producing carbon monoxide. Furthermore, the carbon monoxide is then released outside your home through the furnace’s vent. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is known to cause flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion, and in some cases, even death. The importance of keeping your gas furnace clean and efficient cannot be overstated. An efficiently burning gas surface can produce very small amounts of carbon monoxide. On the other hand, a dirty, inefficient furnace can produce deadly amounts of carbon monoxide. Newer models come with features that shut the system off when a problem is detected, but older versions don’t have this safety luxury.
Here Are Some Gas Heater Safety Tips
- Keep your furnace clean, in addition to yearly checkups by a NATE-certified technician. The best time to check your furnace is before the onset of the heating season. A professional contractor can check your furnace for cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks are not visible to the naked eye. Additionally, it’s through these crack that the dangerous carbon monoxide can be released into your home. A professional contractor can lubricate the motors and bearings.
- Installing a CO (carbon monoxide) alarm in your home
- Regular changes of the furnace’s filter. The filter can typically be found in the front cover of the furnace. Some filters have their own access door on the front of the heater. A clean filter can help the heater burn more efficiently. Additionally, a clean filter keeps dust from circulating through your home.
- Make sure the area near the furnace is clean and unobstructed
- Regularly clean the burner area of the furnace
- Avoid operating the heated without it front-panel-door properly in place. Otherwise, you may risk creating CO poisoning. Many forced-air heaters come with a safety switch that prevents operation when the door or panel is not in place. With that being said, older systems lack this safety switch and can be operated without the proper placement of the filter compartment doors.
- Keep anything combustible, such as paint thinners and gasoline, away from your furnace.
- Avoid closing off more than 20 percent of your home’s register. Otherwise, you could cause high resistance and avoidable heat build-up in the furnace. Even more, vacuum dust, animal hair, and lint from the registers.
Contact Houston Admiral for More Information
To learn more about gas heater safety, make sure to contact Houston Admiral at your earliest convenience. Our heating and cooling experts are more than ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach us by calling (281) 876-9400. Moreover, visit us online for more information regarding our services.