Protect Your Home from Dangerous Furnace Fires

Although the weather is getting warmer, there is bound to be one last snowstorm before winter finally draws to a close. While your heater seems to have been working flawlessly throughout the winter, there is still always the chance that you could experience a problem with your heater or furnace. Furnace malfunctions, next to cooking accidents, are some of the most common causes of house fires. It is important to always be aware of how your furnace is running and to take the proper precautions to protect your home and family.

  1. Filters- We have mentioned this before in previous blogs however, we cannot stress enough the importance of regularly changing your furnace filter. Not only do clean filters help prevent fires, but they also help improve your indoor air quality. Furnace filters should be changed or cleaned about once a month to ensure that your furnace does not overheat from a buildup of debris.
  2. Clean Ducts- It is critical to make sure your ducts are clean and clear from any obstructions. Even the tiniest bit of flammable material can result in a fire. It is important to conduct routine maintenance and to have your heating and cooling experts perform a thorough inspection of your heating system, as well as your ducts.
  3. Clear of Flammable Material- Do not store any flammable material near or around your furnace. Items such as laundry or cardboard boxes should be kept far enough away from your furnace so they do not become a fire hazard.

Understanding your furnace and the potential hazards is important when it comes to protecting your home and family. Always be aware of any strange smells or changes with your furnace. These are signs that may indicate that something is wrong and your heater may require a repair. We are dedicated to keeping the families in Grandville, Michigan safe and healthy. Call us if you have any questions or concerns about your furnace or the maintenance required to keep it running safely and properly.

Call Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling for all your plumbing, heating, & cooling needs. In the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lakeshore, and surrounding areas call: 844-HVAC-365