No doubt about it. Winter is almost here. When it is cold outside the last thing you probably think about is your furnace. You take it for granted. You expect it to work and keep your house warm. That’s what a furnace is supposed to do. If you want to depend on the heat this winter have your furnace serviced/ maintained on a yearly basis. A gas furnace warms a house and does a few other important things you may want to know about.
Air filters and your gas furnace
A thermostat is equipped to display a message when the air filter needs to be changed. That message also indicates that the filter is ineffective at providing the air filtration your system needs. An air filter improves the air flow of your furnace. A clean air filter reduces wear and tear on the motor of your furnace by filtering the air that it uses in your home. It also improves the air quality in your home. We usually don’t open windows in the house to let fresh air circulate in the house when there is snow on the ground and the temperature is hovering around the freezing mark.
Have you ever asked you kids, “Were you born in a barn?” when they leave the door wide open? Keeping windows and doors closed in the winter means little to no air exchange in the house. With less fresh air exchanges, your home is susceptible to air born pathogens that contribute to winter colds and flu. CM Mose & Son recommends you change your air filter every 6 months. We recommend an air filter change more often if there is a smoker in the house or your fireplace does not vent effectively when you use it. (i.e. there is smoke in the house or soot on the walls.)
Better air quality with an air purifier
An air filter will help with air quality but if you more prone to colds and allergies than most people, installing an air purifier that works in conjunction with your furnace would be a good investment in your health this winter. The very young and old are usually more susceptible to pathogens that cause colds and flu in the air. An air purifier uses an ultraviolet light to kill germs before they can enter into your home affecting the air you breathe. The thermostat air filter warning message is an indicator that the filter is no longer as effective as it was and the potential for more germs in the air is increasing.
Installing an air purifier helps reduces germs and keeps the incidence of winter colds and flu in your own home to a minimum. Hospitals and airplanes are kept at cooler temperatures to reduce the spread of air born germs and pathogens. Heat and germs can be a sickly combination. You can reduce the number of airborne germs and pathogens in the home or work environment with the installation of an air purifier.
The next time you want to complain to the stewardess about how cold it is on your flight, remember it is for your own good!
Gas furnace and carbon monoxide
A gas furnace that emits high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) is dangerous. CO is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced in combustion flames. This occurs in many situations including burning wood (in fireplaces), gas ranges and a home heating system that use anything but electricity as an energy source. When CO builds in a home, it can produce a variety of symptoms for people living in the house. These include headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, and even passing out. There may be a tendency to confuse these issues with other winter sicknesses.
It is important that your gas furnace is not emitting dangerous CO fumes. The Center for Disease Control recommends that your heating system is serviced by a qualified technician every year. Customers with a Service Agreement with C.M. Mose & Son enjoy the peace of mind of a twice a year inspection and service call. The techs see to it that that the gas furnace and air conditioner are operating safely and efficiently. The fall/winter inspection includes testing your equipment for CO levels, replacing the air filter and cleaning the equipment’s moving parts to improve the reliability, efficiency and extend the life of your furnace.
Maintain your gas furnace
Your gas furnace, if properly maintained, will keep you warm and comfortable. Changing the air filter regularly will improve the air going into your equipment. This reduces the stress on the motor. Installing an air purifier neutralizes pathogens in the air so you breathe better air and stay cold and flu free this winter.
What should you know about your gas furnace? You need to have it serviced by the qualified technicians at CM Mose & Son to ensure that it runs safely and efficiently this winter.