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Feb 6 2024

Your Guide to Furnace Safety

With the chill of winter setting in, furnaces across the country are kicking into high gear. While these heating systems provide essential warmth, it’s imperative to remember the potential risks associated with a furnace that is not properly maintained. At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, the safety and well-being of our customers is a top priority. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to furnace safety, so you can stay warm and cozy while also ensuring your home is protected.

Understanding the Risks

The primary safety concerns associated with using a furnace revolve around fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning. Improper maintenance or faulty equipment can lead to gas leaks, overheating, or even combustion. Regular checks and preventive measures can mitigate these risks and keep your home safe.

Daily Routines for Safe Operation

Incorporating simple furnace safety practices into your daily routine can make a significant difference. Regularly replacing furnace filters is one of them. Overused filters can cause overheating and reduce efficiency. We recommend changing them every one to three months, depending on usage and filter type.

Another crucial aspect of furnace safety is the proper functioning of the ABV and thermostat. The ABV controls the gas flow to the furnace, while the thermostat regulates the temperature. Any malfunction in these components can cause hazardous situations. Regular checks ensure they operate as intended. 

Signs You Need a Professional Inspection

While daily routines can prevent many risks, it’s essential to recognize when you need professional help. Some signs that indicate your furnace needs an inspection include strange smells, unusual sounds, and inconsistent heating. If you notice any of these signs or have any concerns about your furnace’s safety, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed HVAC technician.

Additional Safety Tips

In addition to regular maintenance and safety checks, there are a few additional steps you can take to ensure your furnace’s safety:

  • Keep the area around your furnace clean and free of clutter.
  • Make sure all flammable objects are kept away from the furnace.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors near the furnace and throughout your home.
  • Have an emergency plan in place in case of a furnace-related incident.
  • Educate yourself and your family about furnace safety and what to do in an emergency. 

By following these tips, you can prevent potential danger and ensure the safe operation of your furnace throughout the winter months. Remember, safety should always be a top priority, and regular maintenance is crucial to achieving it. 

The Importance of Professional Service

While some tasks, like changing filters, can be done by homeowners, others require professional expertise. Tasks such as inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks, checking carbon monoxide levels, and testing safety controls should always be left to professionals.

At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a comprehensive maintenance program that covers all these aspects. Our 50 years of experience in the industry is a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction and quality service.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Inspection

Your family’s safety is not something to gamble with. Regular furnace maintenance and safety checks are investments that pay off in peace of mind. Contact us today for a no-obligation estimate and take the first step towards a safer, warmer winter.



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