HVAC System Fire Safety for Homes in Winter

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This winter, your furnace will be running heavily to keep your home and family warm. During the cold months, fire safety is critical, as certain hazards can cause fires with your furnace. Eliminate HVAC fire hazards to protect your household this heating season. Gainesville Mechanical provides HVAC maintenance, furnace repair, and furnace replacement to improve the safety of your home’s heating system.

Fire Hazards Around Your Furnace

Furnaces are typically installed in utility closets, garages, and basements – these areas are often used as storage areas as well by families. It is not safe to store items around your furnace, as certain items especially pose a great fire risk when located too close to your heating equipment.

All items should be kept away from your furnace – nothing should be stored in the six-foot area surrounding your unit. It is especially important to keep the following items away as they can easily lead to fires in the home:

  • Rags
  • Wood
  • Clothing
  • Paper
  • Gasoline
  • Paint
  • Kerosene

HVAC Maintenance Improves Fire Safety

HVAC maintenance addresses many heating system fire safety issues to protect your family. Malfunctioning parts within the system can cause overheating and other issues leading to a fire. During a fall maintenance call, our NATE-certified technicians will perform furnace repair to correct component malfunctions. If your system is too far gone for furnace repair, we will help you select a new system and perform a reliable furnace replacement.

Gas Leaks and Your Furnace

If your furnace uses gas to heat your home, there is a risk of a gas leak occurring over the winter. This could happen if your gas lines or certain furnace components are damaged or malfunctioning. Gas line safety is critical to fire safety, as gas leaks cause natural gas to build up in the home, and could cause a fire or explosion.

HVAC maintenance works to catch gas line and furnace component malfunctions that contribute to gas leaks. Throughout heating season, be mindful of the signs of a gas leak and call for furnace repair if you detect them:

  • Smelling sulfur or rotten eggs
  • High gas bills with no other explanation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Dead houseplants
  • Nose bleeds
  • Flu symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears

Furnace Filter Changes

A clean furnace filter allows air to move through your system to prevent overheating and fires. Changing your filter regularly throughout the winter is the easiest thing you can do to improve fire safety. Most filters need to be changed every three to six months, but can become clogged sooner in the winter due to heavy use and should be checked monthly.

    HVAC fire safety is so important during heating season to protect your family. Make sure your heating system is in top shape to eliminate wintertime fire hazards. Call Gainesville Mechanical now to schedule the HVAC maintenance, furnace repair, and furnace replacement services needed to give your family a reliable, safe heating system.

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