5 Furnace Safety Tips

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In London, Ontario, winter is just around the corner. The season for furnace repair, leather jackets, and snuggling is almost here. Thermostats in homes will soon be adjusted. Along with all the fun that winter brings, there are some safety measures to consider before turning on the heating in your home. Here are five safety tips that you must consider before you fire up your furnace.

Furnace cleaning

Dust and lint can settle around a furnace from time to time and can become a fire hazard. It’s highly recommended that you clear at least two feet of the area around your furnace and vacuum it along with the inside of the furnace every month.

Change Filter

Dirty filters can cause performance issues in your furnace as it's harder to push air through a clogged filter. Dust and lint from a filter can also be a fire hazard. Make sure to change filters every month. If you smoke or have furry friends at home, it's better to change filters more often. Also, always ensure the filter lid is closed tightly to prevent the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Establish a Safe Zone

Kids tend to forget easily. During summers, they might have developed a habit of playing near the furnace. Don’t forget to counsel them to stay at least 3 feet away from a burning furnace.

Keep the air registers open

Heating systems can produce a little too much heat at times. In this case, adjust your thermostat rather than shutting down your air registers. Shutting down more than 20 percent of air registers can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat build-up in the furnace, which could be dangerous.

Have an expert inspect your heating system

Heating systems can be hazardous. Malfunctioning in the heating system can be fatal. Get your furnace and heating system inspected every year by a professional to avoid any mishap. Get it repaired even in case of a minor issue. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Getting your furnace inspected by an expert before winter starts is always a wise decision. If you live in London, Ontario, finding reliance-certified plumbing and heating repair and services round the clock is just a click away. GEORGE’S Plumbing and Heating assures that you get the best in professional heating and boiler services. Contact us to learn more.