When your home’s furnace operates efficiently, you’re provided with reliable comfort all winter long. However, an inefficient or malfunctioning heating system can be unsafe for your Charlotte, NC, home. Here are Andersen’s top 3 furnace safety tips for fall and winter.
Change your furnace filter
Regular filter changes are the cornerstone of proper HVAC maintenance, and they’re particularly important in the fall and winter. A clogged filter will restrict airflow, putting unnecessary strain on the furnace. This can create cracks and holes in ductwork and can severely damage the furnace as well. Damaged furnaces are more likely to release toxic carbon monoxide gas, which is a serious health hazard. Filters should typically be changed once a month, but it’s a good idea to change or clean them twice monthly in colder months when your system works the hardest.
Install carbon monoxide detectors for furnace safety in Charlotte
As we mentioned before, carbon monoxide is a major concern for Charlotte homeowners that use traditional furnaces for heat. Gas-operated furnaces naturally emit carbon monoxide, but cracks in the equipment can release dangerous amounts of the odorless, tasteless gas into the air. As a safeguard against carbon monoxide poisoning, have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each floor of your home, near bedrooms, and near the furnace itself. Make sure you regularly test your carbon monoxide detectors and change their batteries.
Fall HVAC maintenance by Andersen Heating & Cooling
Professional HVAC inspection in the fall will ensure that your heating system is set to safely operate while meeting the demands of winter. Andersen Heating & Cooling technicians perform thorough equipment maintenance and inspections that identify and fix any cracks or loose furnace components. This keeps carbon monoxide in check will eliminating potential sources of electrical fires.
For furnace safety that will give you peace of mind this winter in Charlotte, NC, give Andersen Heating & Cooling a call today.