Your family doctor will tell you to look after your heart: eat properly; exercise; and, do not over extend yourself. A home heating technician may very well say the same thing about the furnace in your home. After all a properly functioning, healthy heating system is as crucial to your home as your heart is to your body.
Change the filter in your furnace at least four times per year. This is a quick and easy job. The filter usually is found just inside the front cover of the furnace. It may have its own access door on the front of the furnace. A clean filter will help your furnace burn more efficiently thus saving you money and will help keep dust from being circulated through your home.
A furnace that is not running at peak performance can also be deadly. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a natural product of incomplete combustion. Virtually every gas furnace produces some which is usually carried away from your home through the furnace’s venting. A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace creates very small amounts of CO, while a dirty, inefficiently burning one can produce toxic amounts. CO is odourless and colourless. If undetected, a leak can cause flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion and even death. Place CO detectors in your home.
Have your furnace cleaned and checked every year. It’s like seeing your dentist or doctor for a check up. The older the furnace, the more important this service is. Newer gas furnaces are equipped with features that shut the furnace off when a problem is detected. Older furnaces have no such devices. Over time, furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye and it’s through these cracks that CO can leak into your home.
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