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4 Health Risks of Keeping an Old Furnace

Retire your furnace
January 20, 2018

The health and wellbeing of your loved ones is at the top of your priority list. When a home service provider is working in your home, its their top priority too. Unfortunately, no home service provider can predict the future and see when your major appliances will malfunction and put your health at risk. Even though professionals do the job to the best of their ability, no furnace lasts forever! After they leave, they rely solely on your ability to keep watch of your furnace and to call before things get bad. If your furnace isn’t working properly, it can pose a serious risk to you and your family’s health. Here are a few ways that a furnace that needs replacing can affect your health:


Financial Stress


We deal with enough stress in our everyday lives, we shouldn’t have to worry at home. After a long day, you shouldn’t have to worry about excessive bills! If your furnace isn’t working properly, it can cause your electric bills to skyrocket out of nowhere. This can cause you stress at home, especially if you follow a budget plan. Rather than doing guess work, or wishfully waiting for the problem to disappear, you should contact a specialist to locate the problem. Once they fix the problem, you will have peace of mind when you think of your furnace.


Respiratory Issues


An outdated or broken furnace can negatively affect your air quality. When your heating system isn’t working properly, it can circulate dust, mold, and other harmful pathogens into your home air supply. This can worsen symptoms for those who may have asthma, and can cause other chest related illnesses as well. Any decrease in air quality is an incentive to get your furnace fixed as soon as possible.


Fire Hazard


It’s not uncommon for your furnace to smell like oil or gas when you switch it on after a long period of inactivity. If, after several consecutive uses, you can still smell gas or oil, then something is wrong with your furnace. Contact a specialist right away to diagnose the problem – these smells can be more dangerous than you think. Oil and gas are flammable, and if they are leaking it’s a potential fire hazard.


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


You should always keep an eye on your pilot light. If the gases in your furnace are balanced and working properly, the flame will be blue. If you ever notice that it turns yellow, you have an extremely dangerous situation on your hands. A yellow flame means that the gases are no longer balanced, and that carbon monoxide is leaking into your home. This can cause serious injury or death, and needs to be fixed immediately.