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How to Keep Your Home Furnace Safe

Last updated 6 years ago

Like most things in your home, your furnace requires routine furnace repair and inspection. Furnaces c­­­­­­an cause a home fire and should be inspected annually by a qualified heating contractor. HVAC contractors will help identify any problems with your furnace, potentially avoiding a break down in winter.

Check out the following tips to keep your furnace safe and avoid furnace repair.

  • Annual Inspection: Hire a professional HVAC contractor to annually inspect your furnace. They will look at the igniters, flame rods, pilot light, and the flues and tell you if everything is in tact and working properly. Not only do they look at the furnace, they will also clean it. Over a year, your furnace collects spider webs and rust. This cleaning will help your furnace operate more efficiently.
  • Don’t Block Vents: Be careful not to block vents or registers with couches or other pieces of furniture. Blocked airflow can damage the heat exchanger, which could leak carbon monoxide into the house.
  • Newer Furnace: Talk to your heating contractor about getting a newer furnace. Newer furnaces are better at releasing carbon monoxide from the home. Older furnaces have a greater chance of plugged vents and of leaking carbon monoxide in your home.
  • Check & Replace Air Filters: As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to check your furnace’s air filters monthly. The number of people living in your home, number of pets, smokers, and the use of candles will determine how often you must change the filter. 
  • Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors: If your furnace is not working properly, then carbon monoxide can build up in your home. Routine inspection and furnace repair should help keep your furnace working, but having a carbon monoxide detector in the home is very important, just in case. 

Contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland for all of your furnace repair and air conditioning repair needs. For more than 40 years, we have been the leading HVAC contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region. Our close attention to detail and fast response is vital. Make us your heating and cooling contractor.

 

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