A gas heating system is noted for its overall efficiency in heating your home. Here are a few gas furnace FAQs if you have a gas heating system or are contemplating installing one.
How often should I have my gas furnace serviced?
The general consensus is a gas furnace should be serviced at least once a year. It is not recommended to try and attempt servicing a gas furnace yourself. There are many components that are checked during servicing.
1. Electrical connections
3. Mechanical Components
4. Heat Exchanger
6. Vents and airflow
Keeping your gas furnace in good condition is not only a safety issue but also a money saving one. An efficient heating system results in less energy expenditure. This means more money will remain in your wallet.
Contact the heating and cooling experts at Fesmire to schedule an appointment.
What is the most common reason gas furnaces fail?
The most common reason for gas furnaces to break down is blocked air flow. There are two major causes for inadequate air flow. One cause is furniture blocking the air vents. Another cause of poor airflow is dirty air vents. The furnace has to work harder and this causes the furnace to overheat. Overheating can ruin the heat exchanger and result in an expensive repair.
The good news is that it is easy to avoid costly repairs by keeping your vents clear of furniture and changing filters on a regular basis.
Are gas furnaces safe?
One concern that gas furnaces have that their electric counterpart does not is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. A carbon monoxide detector should be in every home that uses a gas furnace for heat. Also, as mentioned before, servicing your furnace each year will give you peace of mind that your furnace is operating safely.
Are gas furnaces expensive to install and operate?
Installation of a gas furnace is more expensive than an electric heating system. However, gas furnaces are more inexpensive to run because gas furnaces are quite efficient in pushing warm air throughout the home so the overall energy cost is going to be lower. You can also lower wintertime energy costs by making sure your home is well insulated. In addition, if your windows are double pane, in good condition and have window shades with insulation properties, you will see your energy bills plummet.
We hope these gas furnace FAQs have been helpful. If you have any further questions about your gas furnace or if you are contemplating installing a gas furnace in your home, we are here to help keep you warm this winter and help you save money on your energy bill!