Furnaces keep us comfortable during extreme weather changes but, just like any fuel-burning appliance, there are some safety hazards that everyone should be aware of. Here are some furnace safety tips to keep in mind while the weather is cold.
Vacuum- Most furnaces are tucked away in a storage room or basement, making them easy to overlook. Next time you vacuum, make sure to vacuum around your furnace as well. Dust can build up and become a fire hazard. It’s good to at least vacuum around your furnace once a month.
Keep flammable items away- Like mentioned earlier, furnaces are typically found in storage rooms/closets and basements. These areas are also common storage places for items like extra paint, paint thinners, wood scraps, old rags or sawdust. Be sure to keep anything flammable away from your furnace. The area around your furnace should be organized and clear for the best efficiency and utmost safety.
Replace filters- You should always stay on top of changing your filter when needed. Dirty filters can contaminate your indoor air quality and cause damage to your furnace. Dust buildup can make your furnace work harder than it needs to, overtime, resulting in a shorter lifespan. If you have pets or smoke you may need to change the filter in your furnace more often.
Test carbon monoxide alarms- You should always check the batteries on your carbon monoxide alarms at least once a year. You should have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. You can also place one next to your furnace for the most immediate warnings.
Maintenance- Of course, keeping up on annual maintenance is the best way to maintain a safe furnace. Make sure to get maintenance checks at least once a year so you can be aware of any problems.
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