Winter is just around the corner, and even though our chilly seasons tend to be short, we still need to crank up the heating system now and then as the cold fronts move through. Here in San Antonio, most homes are heated by furnaces, and that means exercising certain precautions. Sure, most modern furnaces are very safe if they are properly installed, but it’s a good idea to institute some standard procedures for winter home safety.
Have the Furnace Inspected Annually
Before you turn the furnace on for the heating season, have it professionally inspected. Your HVAC consultant should do the following:
- Check gas or oil connections, burner combustion, heat exchanger (check for cracks that might leak carbon monoxide), and gas pressure.
- Check the ignition system.
- Check electrical connections, as well as voltage and current of the blower motor.
- Measure the air supply/return differential to ensure balanced air.
- Check the controls and thermostat settings.
- Check the exhaust system for proper venting.
- Lubricate and clean blower motor vents.
- Inspect combustion vents, cleaning if needed.
It’s also a good idea to check ductwork for leaks from holes or disconnected segments. These should be repaired, or you’ll be wasting heated air.
Prior to your consultant’s visit, make sure your furnace air filter is changed. Change it regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Even if your furnace appears to be in good working order, leaks of carbon monoxide — a byproduct of the combustion process — can occur over the heating season. Although it’s unlikely most leaks will build up to a level to be dangerous, installing a carbon monoxide detector can give you an extra level of protection in case of a malfunction.
Install a CO detector on each floor of the home. Check the monitors every fall to ensure they are working properly by hitting the test button. Change batteries or make sure electrical wires are properly connected.
If you’d like to learn about more winter home safety tips, contact Beyer Boys. We’ve provided top customer service to San Antonio and the surrounding area for more than 25 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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