It is important to maintain your furnace for safety and operating efficiency. Follow the tips listed below for the types of furnace in your home. Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose.
- Avoid lint build-up by vacuuming floor furnace regularly.
- Keep children away from the grill, as it gets very hot.
- Avoid fires – don’t place rugs, furniture or combustible items over the grill or block the airflow.
- Clean inside the burner compartment of built-in vented wall furnaces once a month during the heating season to prevent lint build-up.
Central Gravity Furnace
- Keep furnace heat registers free of obstructions.
- Don’t store items nearby which might stop the airflow.
Central Forced-Air Heating
- Many gas furnaces use air from the room to operate. Lint and dust carried by air, or items stored in or around the furnace can block airflow. In order to operate safely and efficiently, your gas furnace must be kept free of dust and lint build-up or other obstructions stored near the furnace, such as newspapers or cleaning equipment.
- Most forced-air furnaces have a filter that cleans the air before heating and circulating it throughout the home. The filter should be checked monthly for lint build-up during periods of furnace use and cleaned or replaced if necessary.
- When installing a new or cleaned filter, be sure to re-install the front panel door of the furnace properly so it fits snugly. Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place because doing so may create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Most newer forced-air furnaces have a safety switch that prevents furnace operation when the filter compartment door/panel is not in place. Some older forced-air furnaces do not have a safety switch and can be operated with the filter compartment door/panel off or not properly in place.
- These older furnaces, when installed in a closet and operated with the panel/door not in place, will circulate carbon monoxide throughout the house.
CAUTION: Unvented gas heaters are unsafe
Using an unvented gas heater in your home is a violation of the
These heaters are not approved for use in homes because —
- Poor operation can result in an accumulation of hazardous fumes.
- Unless a room heater has enough air from an outside vent or an open window, all of the oxygen in a room can be used up, resulting in illness or death.
- The flames in these heaters are not fully covered, which could result in fires.
- Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose
- Further information is available at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.