Texas weather can be unpredictable. We can be in the 70s one day and the 30s another day, often in the same week! While we might not use our furnaces as often as other areas, it’s important to know how to keep you and your family protected with these furnace safety tips.
Preventative maintenance is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your family safe. By having an expert technician come out and inspect your furnace, you can help avoid a surprise breakdown in the future. At Strittmatters, you can join our Family Savings Club to get extra benefits when you schedule a preventative maintenance tune up. As a member, you will get priority service and up to a 25% discount on any future repairs. In addition to these great benefits, you will have peace of mind knowing that your furnace is operating safely.
Test your smoke alarms
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. Set an alert on your phone to remind you to test your smoke alarm at the beginning of every month. It only takes a minute, but it can save lives in the event that your furnace causes a fire.
Ensure carbon monoxide detectors are working
If your furnace isn’t working properly, one of the biggest threats to your family is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be extremely dangerous. Carbon monoxide is found whenever fuel is burned, like in your furnace. No one is immune to carbon monoxide poisoning. A carbon monoxide leak can cause flu-like symptoms with dizziness, weakness, nausea, upset stomach, and chest pains. But carbon monoxide can also kill you while you are sleeping before you realize you are experiencing symptoms. The best way to protect your family is with a carbon monoxide detector. Be sure to check and change the batteries on your detector whenever you check and change the batteries on your smoke detector.
Change your air filters regularly
We recommend swapping out your air filters every 30 days. A clean filter will keep the air moving freely throughout your home. A dirty or dusty filter can cause several problems from higher energy bills to problems that prevent your furnace from working properly. If you’ve set the reminder on your phone, you can test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and change your air filters in just minutes. These few minutes a month will help keep your family and home safe.
If you ever suspect that your furnace has a problem or something doesn’t seem right, call Strittmatters! Our expert team of technicians will work quickly to diagnose the problem and find the right repair for your home.