Fall is here, and it’s time to remind homeowners of gas furnace safety awareness. It’s a busy time of year but please don’t forget about indoor air quality and the danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. During the fall, we observe National Respiratory Care Week and other respiratory illness awareness dates.
This makes it the perfect time to review ways to stay safe inside your home. Use these tips to protect your family from the potential dangers of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and gas leaks.
#1 Gas Furnace Safety Tip
Install/check your smoke/CO detectors. Many homeowners mistakenly take the “set it and forget it” approach with their smoke alarms and CO detectors. Or, worse, they don’t have any or don’t have them in the correct locations of their homes.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. This includes the basement.
It may seem like a lot, but it is a small price to pay to keep your family safe. Likewise, most safety experts recommend one carbon monoxide detector on each level with one in the gas furnace location as well as near any other gas-fueled appliances.
If you’re unsure, ask your Keith Air Conditioning technician to evaluate the best locations during a service visit.
After installing these life-saving detectors, be sure to check/change the batteries regularly. Set an alarm on your phone or mark your calendar to ensure the task is not overlooked!
#2 Gas Furnace Safety Tip
Inspect your CO-producing appliances. To keep your family safe, keep an eye (and ear) on your gas-fueled appliances. This may include a gas furnace, heat pump or water heater.
If you notice something sounds or smells strange, be sure to check with a professional ASAP to be sure your appliances are safe to use. Importantly, do not depend on the “rotten egg” odor associated with natural gas. Remember carbon monoxide is colorless and undetectable by smell.
#3 Gas Furnace Safety Tip
Routine maintenance plans for your gas furnace. One of the best preventative steps you can take to protect your family’s well being is to join a routine maintenance plan from a leading HVAC service provider, like Keith Air Conditioning.
Your maintenance plan ensures you have routine checkups with a certified technician trained to spot potential safety problems. The good news is this routine maintenance also keeps your gas furnace and HVAC system working at its best to avoid costly repairs!
#4 Gas Furnace Safety Tip
Monitoring IAQ. IAQ has nothing to do with your actual IQ. It’s all about the air quality in your home. Your indoor air quality. If dust, mold and other particles permeate your home through your HVAC system, it can have serious implications on your overall and respiratory health.
From minor allergies to asthma to serious immunity conditions, the effects of poor IAQ cannot be underestimated. A properly maintained and functioning HVAC system help you avoid these serious issues.
Choose Gas Furnace Service and Repair with HVAC Professionals
Keith Air specializes in providing the very best in HVAC service to the wider Mobile area. Since 1964, we’ve helped homeowners, just like you, stay safe and improve indoor air quality. Our licensed technicians help you assess the safety aspects of your gas furnace and other HVAC systems.
He or she makes adjustments where needed to keep things safe and optimally comfortable in your home. We specialize in emergency repair services, preventative maintenance and service plans as well as new installations.