5 Steps To Prepare Your Furnace For Fall/Winter
Never use your gas oven for heating. Prolonged use of the open oven in a closed house burns oxygen, thereby causing improper combustion of gas that creates monoxide gas.
Over time furnaces can develop small cracks in the combustion chamber. These cracks may not be visible to the naked eye. It is through these cracks that carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Also, furnaces that require lubrication on the motors and bearings should be checked by your heating technician once a year.
Do not have anything combustible within 6” of your vent pipe. Do not close off more than 20% of the registers in your home. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat building up in the furnace. Do not store combustible materials such as paint thinners or gasoline near your furnace.
It’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, especially during the winter months when you would be running your heater. Check your batteries monthly. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from the heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced …