Most people think using a furnace is as easy as flipping a switch. It is if all is well. However, if you don’t take good care of your furnace, things could get too dangerous. 

Here are a few things you need to know about using a furnace:

Ensure Proper Air Flow

Proper ventilation is crucial for any furnace that is powered by either electricity or fuel. Here is how you make sure your furnace has adequate amount of air flow:

Keep the area and floor around your furnace free of dust and debris
If there are any items stored in your furnace room around the vents and air intakes, clear them away
Check if anything is stored over or close to your furnace that can fall over accidentally. If yes remove it.
Whenever you are replacing the filters of your furnace, make sure you dispose of the used ones instantly. Don’t leave them lying near the furnace or on the floor in your furnace room.

Clean the Air Filter Regularly

Most of the times, a dirty filter is usually the cause behind any efficiency or performance issue of your furnace. You can avoid all this by cleaning your filter once every month. Make it a point to replace the air filter once in every three months or so. 

Check Your CO Detectors

Your CO detector should warn you in case there is a carbon monoxide leak in your furnace. Such an issue could be potentially life-threatening to you and your family members. You have to ensure these CO detectors are in top condition. You may have to replace the batteries at least once a year, depending on your usage.

Avoid Fire Risks if any

Furnace-related accidents can be fatal if you don’t take proper precautions. There are many combustible products such as detergents and disinfectants that you may use in your daily life. Storing any of these near your furnace, even accidentally, can turn out to be dangerous. Also avoid hanging laundry near your furnace as this can reduce airflow.

Make Sure Your Furnace Room is Well Lit

Proper lighting is a must in a furnace room if you want to maintain it well. Also keep a flashlight with a rechargeable battery handy so that you can use it during a power outage.

Go for a Programmable Thermostat

This makes it easier to control your heating system and make sure that it is energy efficient. In the long run this should help you cut down on your overall costs too.

These tips should help you keep your home warm throughout winter. However, there is one more thing you need to do for best performance of your furnace - scheduling a professional tune-up once in a year. Check out for more information. This will help you identify and tackle minor issues with your furnace before they turn into major problems. 

Your furnace might need a repair if your house is getting too cold or hot. Check out any unusual sounds coming from the system. Also find out if you can convert your furnace to a heat pump so that there are no gas emissions.