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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections
It's Furnace Time
Gas furnaces are one of the most common types found
in modern homes today. The part of the furnace that heats
the air is called the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is
made out of metal and insures the safe separation of the
indoor air from the noxious gasses produced when burning
natural gas. Indoor air blows over the metal heat exchanger,
is warmed, and then discharged back into the home.
Noxious gasses produced on the inside of the heat exchanger
are safely discharged to the exterior of the home.
Carbon Monoxide is one of the deadly gasses produced
inside the heat exchanger. If the heat exchanger becomes
cracked or warped, then these gasses may permeate
throughout your home. Cracked heater exchangers can
occur when the furnace burns too hot.
The furnace may operate at a higher temperature if air
filters are not replaced regularly, at least 4 times a year.
Also, proper air flow is needed to keep the furnace operating
at its recommended temperatures.
General maintenance performed by a licensed, qualified
contractor will keep the furnace properly adjusted and
working as engineered. Yearly servicing of your furnace is
the best defense against conditions that reduce the lifespan
of your furnace.
You should have your heater serviced prior to the heating
season each year. An HVAC technician will know what to
look for when inspecting your furnace, and can tell if there
are impending problems with your heat exchanger.
Living in the desert, it’s easy to ignore the recommended
winter service of your heater. The older the system, the
more important the regular maintenance becomes to
efficiently and safely operate the equipment.
You should also recognize the symptoms of Carbon
Monoxide poisoning, some of which are nausea, dizziness,
and other flu-like symptoms. Consider the installation of a
Carbon Monoxide detector in your home, even if your
furnace is installed inside the attic or the garage.
For information about home maintenance issues, contact
Scott at (702) 610-5111 or visit his web site at www.scott
sauer.com.
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