The process of installing a furnace isn’t complicated; however, several important steps must be followed to ensure a high level of safety. By implementing these procedures properly, you’ll enjoy using your new furnace throughout the coldest days and nights without any health or safely risks.
Remove Clutter Out of the Installation Area
If you’re going to install a furnace that uses fossil fuels or electricity to heat a home, you must eliminate all clutter that’s found around the installation zone. The unit needs efficient ventilation after all of the equipment is configured, as a blockage can lead to a dangerous situation that could cause a fire. Also, when nothing is blocking a furnace, typical repairs and maintenance tasks are easier to tackle.
Ensure That the Space is Tidy
Many homeowners implement furnace installation procedures in the same space where laundry equipment is stored. When taking this approach, other steps should be followed to increase safety.
After taking damp items out of the washer, you should never hang them on the top of your furnace. Many fires happen because homeowners block ventilation by stacking thick items on the ports that are designed to circulate hot air. If space is limited in your home, you may want to build another area specifically for the laundry items.
A furnace shouldn’t be installed in a place where you keep pet-related items, such as multiple trays of kitty litter. All litter products contain ammonia, and the fumes that generate from this chemical can severely damage the heat exchanger in a furnace.
Besides pet products, other items can also cause problems whenever they’re stored by a furnace. For example, any product that’s combustible can generate a fire. These items include:
After the installation is complete, you must seek maintenance services regularly to prevent fires. Over time, as a furnace ages, fires can happen when a unit has a faulty ignition, severe operation problems, or mechanical failures. However, you can keep your family safe throughout the winter by running and inspecting the unit before the cold weather arrives. This strategy will help you figure out when your unit needs preventive maintenance.
A high percentage of fires occur accidentally after lint drops and lodges in a space where heat builds up in a furnace. To remove this lint and other combustible items, you must hire a professional because commercial equipment is needed to extract these objects.