National Fire Prevention Week kicks off today with the theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” The main message this year is to install smoke alarms in the appropriate areas and make sure they function properly. Visit NFPA’s “Smoke Alarm Central” for more information.

In addition to installing and inspecting your smoke alarms, we are encouraging everyone to inspect their furnace/heating system for potential fire hazards. Did you know heating systems are the number 2 cause of home fires following cooking?

Click here to learn about the different hazards and dangers of natural gas furnaces.

Gas furnaces are generally a safe option for heating your home, but you should always make sure you know the risks and the signs of potential problems. Some ways to ensure that you and your home are kept safe include:

  • Having your furnace inspected
  • Checking for gas leaks
  • Cleaning the area around the furnace
  • Making sure the furnace flame is blue
  • Changing the furnace filter regularly
  • Making sure you have working fire extinguishers and CO monitors

At Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning, you can count on us for your gas furnace needs. Be sure to contact us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with us today!

While it is possible to get carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas furnace, these situations are easily avoided by getting routine servicing on your furnace, knowing the signs of a gas leak, and making sure your furnace has the proper safety features. You should have your furnace inspected at least once a year, preferably right before the weather starts to get colder and you’ll be using your furnace more. Having fire extinguishers handy is also a good idea in the event of a fire. Additionally, you should install CO monitors near sleeping areas in your home and check them regularly to make sure they’re functioning properly. 

When you need reliable gas furnace services, you can count on Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning to make sure you are kept safe and warm in the colder months. Contact us to find out more or to schedule an appointment with us today!

There are many safety features that gas furnaces come with. Some of these safety features include:

  • Thermocouples: Thermocouples help to check if the pilot light is burning properly. If it isn’t, the gas is automatically shut off to prevent it from leaking into other parts of the furnace. 
  • Mercury flame sensors: Mercury flame sensors also work in the same fashion as thermocouples and are a more modern feature.
  • Limit switch: Limit switches measure the temperature outside of the combustion chamber. If the temperature on the outside is too high, it means that the flames have breached the combustion chamber and the gas is immediately shut off to prevent fires and gas leaks.
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors: Although furnaces don’t have CO detectors built into them, they are a vital part in making sure you’re kept safe from any possible leaks. 

Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning is here to take care of all of your heating needs. You can count on us to make sure your furnace is safe to use and will keep you warm. Contact us today for all of your gas furnace needs!

Natural Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Here are a few safety tips you can follow to prevent fires due to gas furnace heating:

  • Have your furnace inspected by a professional before the heating season begins. Fall is the perfect time to schedule a professional furnace tune-up.
  • Leave furnace repairs to the professionals. When your HVAC technician inspects your furnace, they will check: the flue, vent connections, physical condition of heating components, gas pressure, flame color, burner combustion, dirt and cracks, fuel input, airflow, thermostat, electrical connections, and more.
  • Make sure you know how to turn off the gas at the main valve, near your gas meter:
  • Check for gas leaks in your furnace:
  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas at the main valve, don’t ignite anything (including turning on or off lights and electrical devices), and leave the area immediately. Call the fire department or local gas company from a cell phone or neighbor’s house.
  • Check the walls and ceiling around your furnace. If there is soot or discoloration, call a professional to inspect your ventilation.
  • Inspect your flue pipes and seams. Are they in place? Soot can indicate that your have a dirty, inefficient furnace and/or a faulty ventilation system.
  • Check the area around your furnace. Many furnace fires are the result of flammable objects and substances near the furnace. Keep paper, trash, paint, and other flammable material far away from your furnace.
  • Regularly clean and vacuum the area around your furnace.
  • Maintain a child-free zone around your furnace.
  • Check your furnace filter every 30 days and wait no longer than 90 days to clean or replace it. This will also improve your airflow and furnace efficiency.
  • Check your furnace flame and make sure it is blue. If it is any other color, it needs to be inspected by a professional.
  • Keep operational fire extinguishers handy.
  • Plan and memorize a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone knows the safe meeting place.
  • Finally, make sure you have smoke and CO alarms installed throughout your home. Refer to this image for placement suggestions:

With cooler months quickly approaching, we want you to be confident in the reliability of your heating system.  If you think your system is beyond maintaining and may need replacing, we are here to help.

Signs Your Need to Replace Your Furnace:

  • Your boiler or furnace is more than 15 years old.
  • Your system breaks down frequently.
  • You notice a sudden increase in heating bills.
  • Indoor humidity issues or excessive dust buildup.

For more information about heating and air conditioning service and repair or heating and air conditioning home safety, call Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning at 405-794-8900.

Don’t forget to schedule your heating/furnace tune-up for winter! Schedule service online or give us a call!

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