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Warm and Cozy: Basic Furnace Safety Tips You Should Know

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With winter comes shorter days, lower temperatures and the need to layer up to stay warm, but because the weather outside is frightful does not mean your home has to be. There are a few key ways to ensure that you remain cozy throughout winter without spending a fortune on heating bills. Following these, you can keep your home warm and toasty all season long.

One important reminder for keeping your home warm this winter is to check your gas furnaces. They are the most common heating systems in North America, and they work by heating air and circulating it throughout your home. 

If you have a gas furnace, it is necessary to have it serviced by a professional yearly to ensure it is running safely and efficiently. A gas furnace that is not adequately maintained can be a fire hazard, so having your heating system serviced regularly is worth the peace of mind.

Place a Safety Screen in Front 

Putting a safety screen in front of your gas furnace is a great way to protect your family from accidental fires. A safety screen is a metal mesh that covers the opening of the furnaces, preventing anything from getting inside. Remember a few things when choosing a safety screen for your furnace:

  1. Ensure the screen is the right size for your furnace.
  2. Check to see if the screen is made of durable material that can withstand high temperatures.
  3. Make sure the screen is easy to install and remove.

Installing a safety screen is a simple process:

  1. Remove the old screen from the furnace.
  2. Measure the stove’s opening and cut the new screen to size.
  3. Attach the new screen to the furnace using screws or metal clips.

Never Adjust the Logs

Though it may be tempting to adjust the faux logs in your fireplace, this can also be a safety hazard because moving them could block a vent, allowing carbon monoxide to accumulate. If you think your faux logs need to be adjusted, it is best to consult an expert to ensure that it is done safely.

Avoid Cleaning the Glass When It Is Turned On

If you have a glass fireplace door, keeping it clean to enjoy the fire without any obstruction is necessary. But you do not want to clean the glass while the furnaces are still hot, as this can be dangerous. Wait until the fireplace is turned off and has time to cool down before cleaning the glass.

Conclusion

There are a few key things to keep in mind regarding furnace safety. First, ensure that your furnace is properly maintained and serviced by a qualified professional. Secondly, keep flammable materials away from your furnace, and never use them as a space heater. 

Finally, if you ever smell gas or smoke from your furnace, shut it off immediately and call a professional for help. Following these simple tips can help keep your family safe from fire hazards.

Most importantly, you should ask Climate Experts to inspect your fireplace. We repair furnaces for Pickering residents to keep them warm throughout the winter. So, contact us now before Winter sets in. 

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