Winter time is surely right around the corner. As the winter cold temperatures and months approach, most people start turning up the thermostat and increasing the heat in their homes. Surely this is understandable, but it is important to be aware of some of the furnace hazards and safety issues that can exist.

Winter Furnace HazardsMost homeowners here in the United States today use gas powered furnaces. Though they are a favored source of heat in the winter months, if they are not used properly or maintained properly than can most assuredly cause a lineup of incredibly dangerous and even life threatening problems to both your home and your family. For this reason, the experts here at the Hometown Comfort advise all our valued clients to educate themselves on furnace maintenance and the potential problems and hazards that could occur. We want all our clients to be safe which is why we are going to share with you here some furnace hazards you want to be aware of and to avoid at all costs.

Furnace Hazards to be On the Lookout for

To begin with, many accidents that occur with gas furnaces are primarily the result of faulty parts or parts that are simply not operating or functioning properly. Though some of these accidents and problems can be attributed to the manufacturer themselves, many times lack of home owner’s knowledge and appropriate maintenance is often the culprit. Older furnaces that are not in compliance with safety codes pose a tremendous risk to a home. If you have an older gas furnace it is possible that the unit can produce far too much carbon monoxide for the size of your home. This can certainly result in accidents, as can insufficient combustion air around the furnace itself.

Furnaces that are not properly maintained can actually result in a house fire. When too much natural gas is allowed to leak into the air, it will build up and can easily explode causing a house fire. In addition, too much carbon monoxide in the air can cause family members to become very ill. Individuals can experience such symptoms as pain, digestive problems, nausea, headaches, dizziness, breathing issues, unconsciousness, fatigue, allergies, depression and even death in some cases. The overall effects of the carbon monoxide poisoning are dependent upon the concentration of the carbon monoxide in your home’s atmosphere.

Because of these furnace hazards, the experts here at Hometown Comfort advise all our clients that before starting up their furnaces this winter, make it a point to have our professional technicians come in and inspect your furnace. We will check and be certain that all parts are working properly and efficiently. In addition, we will confirm that there are no obstructions, leaks, or cracks and be certain that there is a good amount of airflow around your furnace. If you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, our technicians can take a quick peek at those as well.

All of our technicians are certified and licensed and are committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with all their HVAC services needed. We are all about our customers and certainly about the safety and well being of their homes and families. With the cold temperatures upon us, give a shout out to our professional technicians today and let us give you the peace of mind needed to know that your furnace is operating properly and efficiently and that both your home and family are safe from furnace hazards in the upcoming winter months. We are ready, willing and able to accommodate all your needs and are happy to schedule appointments in timelines that are satisfactory to your individual requirements. From our little family to yours – Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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