As the cold weather increases, millions of homeowners are beginning to increase their gas furnace usage to keep them warm. Unfortunately, an alarming number of individuals have no idea what it means to exercise gas furnace safety. If you’ll be running a gas furnace this winter in your Grand Traverse County home, take heed of these gas furnace safety tips.
- Use a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide emanating from a gas furnace can be deadly. To protect your family, be sure to install a detector on each floor of your house. If your house only has one floor, position the CO detector near the master bedroom, keeping it at eye level.
- Take precautions with your gas meter. Make sure the meter is easily accessible. You’ll need to be able to switch off the gas immediately in the case of an emergency.
- Keep up maintenance and inspection. Your unit should be inspected each year by a certified professional to ensure both safety and proper functioning. It’s also important that you clean and replace your furnace filter on a regular basis. A dirty filter can cause the furnace to overheat, and over time, this can lead to a carbon monoxide leak.
- Avoid flammable aerosols. During the winter, restrict your use of aerosols inside your home, and don’t store them anywhere near your furnace. If you have no choice but to use them, be sure to air out your home immediately after their use.
- Be aware of the smell of gas. If you notice an odor, contact your gas company right away. If their number isn’t handy, dial 911.
If you’d like further assistance with gas furnace safety or for questions regarding home comfort, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Grand Traverse County for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about gas furnace safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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