Feb 24 2017

With winter continuing in Bath, Pennsylvania, your furnace is likely still running at full blast. While a properly working furnace isn’t concerning, when your furnace starts to act up, it can cause all sorts of issues. Staying indoors all winter also presents further problems for your home and health, like air quality concerns, gas leaks, or even total furnace breakdown.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns

Indoor air quality is especially relevant in the winter since your family spends most of the time inside. Consider having your indoor air quality tested by an expert during the winter if you notice your family experiences symptoms of poor indoor air quality. These symptoms may include watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and headaches. You may also want to consider investing in an air purifier and a humidifier to help ease poor IAQ. If you don’t already have one, install a carbon monoxide detector in your home as well.

Gas Leaks from Your Furnace

Gas leaks are a concern when your furnace is older or in need of repair. Older furnaces can leak gas into the air, causing all sorts of problems for homeowners. House fires are one very grave concern with gas leaks. While rare, it’s not something to risk. Even small gas leaks cause serious health issues in the home from breathing in the air. Have your furnace inspected during the winter to make sure it’s running properly.

Total Breakdown

If your furnace breaks down, it’s possible your family’s safety could be at risk. If you’re fortunate, you can stay with family or friends or even a hotel. If you’re snowed in, you need to keep your family warm until your HVAC technician can fix the issue. Make sure you have an emergency kit in the home including food, water, blankets, and candles. It’s not a bad idea to have a space heater in the home, too.

If you have concerns about your furnace this winter, Sullivan Heating and Cooling is here to help. Call 610-813-6555 to speak to an experienced professional today.

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