Most homeowners in San Mateo and surrounding cities in the Bay Area know that while gas furnaces provide warmth and comfort during winter months, anything involving the use of gas can be dangerous. As trusted heat & air professionals, we have a few gas furnace safety tips to ensure you’ll enjoy a toasty, warm winter without any worries.
First, make sure to install carbon monoxide detectors. When you have appliances that operate using fuel, it’s imperative to have carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors can warn you of any leaks early on, so your family can evacuate your home until the problem is addressed.
Change the air filter. It’s important to change the air filter frequently, but this is particularly important during winter months. A filter that’s dirty and clogged can block the airflow of the furnace, which in turn can lead to overheating of the heat exchanger and cracks that leak carbon monoxide.
Familiarize yourself and your family members with the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, it’s difficult to know if you have a leak. Headaches, vomiting, nausea, chest pains, and dizziness are some of the classic symptoms, with loss of consciousness being one of the most dangerous. Make sure your family members know these symptoms!
Know where the shutoff valve is located. Would you know where the gas shutoff valve is, or how to shut it off if you suspected a carbon monoxide leak? Make certain all older children and adult family members know where the valve is, and how to shut it off should you suspect something is wrong.
Have your furnace maintained on a yearly basis. One of the most important steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety is to have one of our heating technicians perform maintenance on your equipment. All components will be checked for proper performance, as well as any safety hazards that may exist. You can enjoy a properly functioning furnace and a warm, comfortable home all winter long, as well as peace of mind.
At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we want San Mateo homeowners to enjoy a comfortable, safe home this winter season. For all of your furnace maintenance, repair, or installation needs, count on the San Mateo HVAC professionals who put your family’s safety first!