Furnace Fires! Be Safe this winter.
Posted By MyGuy
Did you know that almost half of the energy used in your home goes to heating
and cooling? Therefore, you can see how important it is to make smart
decisions about your home’s or office heating, ventilating, and
air conditioning (HVAC) system because it can have a big effect on your
utility bills and comfort in your home or office. Be sure to have your
HVAC equipment tuned up yearly.A programmable thermostat can save you
about $180 every year in energy costs. The improper installation of new
equipment can reduce the system efficiency by up to 30 percent, therefore,
costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s
life. Don’t forget the importance of having the proper amount and
grade of insulation in your attic.
Your electric bills will be lower, due to the fewer days of running your
air conditioning system. It is finally comfortable to sit outside and
your house is a lot more comfortable. Just because you aren't running
your air conditioning doesn't mean you should forget about it. In
fact, the experts advise that right now is one of the best times of the
year to get a tune-up. During most of the year you can only tune-up you're
cooling or your heating, rarely can you do both. (It is hard to effectively
test your heating when it is 115 outside, and equally hard to test the
cooling when your house is already 70.)
This is the time of year when it is considered the "perfect time of
year". It's finally cooling down and in our great state of Arizona
and it's almost time to fire up your furnace, literally. The experts
highly advice and can't stress enough how important it is to have
your system checked thoroughly before you turn your heater on. Did you
know that a furnace is basically a controlled fire in your home; the US
Fire Administration estimates there are over 54,000 heating cause fires
in the US a year, not to mention dangerous CO leaks. A furnace can cause
fires, or produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal. Carbon monoxide,
or as it is often referred as CO, is a colorless and odorless gas that
can cause sudden illness and death which can poison a person or animal
by breathing it. CO poisoning is often difficult to diagnose because the
symptoms can often mimic flu like systems.
Here are some common things to look for if you want to keep your furnace
in top notch condition this heating season.
- Are you too warm or very cold but the thermostat is set at a temperature
that is preset to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This could
be a problem with the thermostat which can be replaced very easily.
- It is important to change the air filter on a regular schedule. These air
filters can be purchased at your local hardware store. Normally they are
inexpensive and can make a huge difference on the efficiency of your furnace
and how it heats your home.
- If you have a gas furnace and the pilot light is out the furnace will not
work. When the light is working it should be a deep blue color, if it
is a different color it indicates that it is not working correctly and
you have a problem.
These are suggestions and tips for your electric furnace.
- How is that air filter? Change it at least once a month. Sometimes it may
need to be changed more often, but once a month is a good rule of thumb.
- Remove each vent cover one at a time and wash them. This will help with
your air flow.
- Take the time to vacuum to clean out any cobwebs or debris that may be
in the vent ducts while you have the covers off and ducts are exposed.
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