As the colder months approach, our furnaces become invaluable tools in keeping our homes warm and cozy. However, it’s essential to remember that while furnaces provide comfort, they can also pose safety risks if not properly maintained and used. To ensure the safety of your family and home, our team at Allied Services, Inc. has compiled four essential furnace safety tips that will help you enjoy the warmth this winter while keeping potential hazards at bay.
1. Invest in Regular Maintenance
The most crucial step in ensuring furnace safety is regular maintenance. Schedule annual professional inspections to check for any issues or leaks. These inspections will help identify problems before they escalate, ensuring your furnace operates efficiently and safely. Regular maintenance also includes changing your air filters regularly, as a clogged filter can reduce efficiency and potentially lead to overheating issues.
2. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Next, we recommend you install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, especially in areas close to the furnace. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by incomplete combustion, and it can be deadly if undetected. Make sure to test your detectors regularly and replace their batteries as needed. Along with the detectors, make sure that you are keeping an eye out for trouble yourself. Pay attention to any strange noises, unusual odors, or changes in your heating system’s performance.
3. Keep Children Out of the Furnace Area
If you have children in your home, take extra precautions to childproof your furnace area. Install safety gates or keep the doors closed to the furnace area, and educate your kids about the dangers of the furnace. Most importantly, never leave them unattended in the vicinity of your furnace.
4. Locate Your Emergency Shut-off
Finally, make sure you know the location of your furnace’s emergency shut-off switch. In case of any unusual incidents or malfunctions, you should be able to turn off the furnace quickly to prevent further issues.
Your furnace plays a vital role in keeping your home warm and comfortable during the winter, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety when it comes to heating systems. You can trust Allied Services, Inc. for all your heating system needs. Contact us today at (937) 269-5059 to schedule an appointment. We serve the communities of Dayton, OH, and beyond.