Is Your Gas Furnace Safe?

Service technician testing a furnace

The short answer is yes, so if that’s what you were looking for, we’re glad you stopped by!

All jokes aside, we know that you’re here for more than just a yes or no answer. Especially when you’re concerned about the safety of your friends and family, you’re going to want to get as many details as possible. So, that’s what we’re here to do!

As your local favorite HVAC provider, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to talk about why gas furnaces are safe, even if there might be some misconceptions floating around about them.

We’ll talk about some components that work hard to keep things running smoothly, and why maintenance and heating repairs in Muncie, IN are so vital to the safety of the system.

Remember, if you have any additional questions regarding the safety and security of your furnace, don’t hesitate to contact our team by clicking the link below.

How a Gas Furnace Works

Gas furnaces work by taking natural gas and burning it to create heat for your home. Of course, things can be a bit complicated with combustion heating.

For instance, there are a lot of fumes and smoke created from burning materials like wood or gas, so ventilation is an important aspect of gas heating. A gas furnace will separate fresh air from contaminated air, making sure the contaminants are vented out while the fresh air is released into your home.

3 Components That Keep You Safe

There’s more to your gas furnace’s safety than just the heating process. Here are three unique components that work hard every day to keep you safe.

  • The flame sensor. This sensor detects when the gas is being burned through either a flame detector or a heat sensor. This ensures the system is shut down if gas is coming through it but nothing is being burned, so you can avoid a gas leak.
  • The heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is responsible for exchanging heat from dirty, contaminated air to the clean air you breathe in your home. It’s a clam-shaped device that is built out of metal to ensure that no fumes leak into the air of your home.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors might exist outside of your furnace, but they’re a necessary part of the HVAC system. They can be your first line of defense and detect when a problem is causing fumes to leak out of the unit.

Call for a Pro When It’s Needed

One of the major aspects of keeping your home safe is knowing when to call for a professional. Just because you have all of these reliable systems working to ensure your home stays safe, doesn’t mean they won’t break over time. If you notice anything strange, from a chirping detector to a foul odor coming from your gas furnace, you’ll need to be the one to call for help.

We leave this responsibility to homeowners. We don’t live in your home so we can’t be the ones to decide what’s an emergency and what’s not, so make sure you’re staying vigilant.

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