If you’re considering installing a gas furnace this season, it’s important to keep in mind that there are a couple very important maintenance requirements that go along with owning a gas furnace. The most important maintenance needed is to change your furnace’s filter at least 3-4 times every year in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a naturally occurring gas that is usually found in very trace amounts. CO is created by the gas furnace pilot light but is carried out and away from your house through a series of vents before it can become harmful to you and your family. This colorless, odorless gas can be harmful in large amounts and can cause health issues such as flu symptoms, dizziness or disorientation and even death. To prevent any harm to you and your family, changing the filters of your gas furnace as well as getting your system inspected once a year for cracks in the combustion chamber is highly recommended. A cracked combustion chamber can cause CO to leak out and spread throughout your home.
Benefit of Replacing Your Old Furnace
Newer furnaces — such as those from American Standard — have built-in technology that automatically switches the system off if it detects a problem (such as a gas leak). If you already have an existing gas furnace that’s nearing two decades old, then chances are the furnace doesn’t have the latest detection technology. Having your system inspected as well as changing your filter regularly will ensure that your system is burning at it’s highest efficiency level. Not only will you and your family be safe from potential harm, but also your heating bills will decrease because the furnace won’t be working as hard to heat your home.
If you’re interested in having your gas furnace inspected, repaired or replaced, contact our professional heating company in Andover and North Andover MA today.