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Furnace Exhaust Maintenance: Reasons Why It Should Be Done Each Fall

Heating systems such as furnaces that operate on natural gas, propane, or heating oil create toxic waste products that must be ventilated to the outdoors. These waste products include nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide. Consider these three reasons why furnace exhaust system maintenance should be done every year during the autumn before you need to turn on your home’s heating equipment for the first time.

Health and Safety

Three reasons why you should have a furnace exhaust system check-up each fall before turning on your heat for the first time.

If the carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide gases cannot be redirected out of the home through the furnace’s exhaust system, you and the other members of your household could become very ill. When you breathe, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide displace the oxygen carried by your red blood cells. If your body cannot get enough oxygen, it starts to shut down. The early signs of carbon dioxide poisoning include feeling tired and mildly sick. An inspection and repair of the furnace exhaust system can help to avoid serious health and safety concerns for you and your family.

Energy Efficiency

A furnace cannot operate efficiently if its exhaust system is not working properly. Furnaces require a regular supply of oxygen in order to burn the fuel and create heat. Furnace exhaust system maintenance helps to ensure that the furnace gets enough air flow to efficiently do its job of heating your home. A furnace exhaust system checkup includes making sure there is no rust or blockage.

Lowers Repair Costs

Preventive maintenance such as exhaust system cleanings help to lower the possibility of your furnace developing a problem. When a furnace is properly maintained, it is less likely to suddenly stop working. Maintenance also gives you the opportunity to have small issues repaired before they become big problems. Fixing small problems like an obstruction in the furnace’s vent or a missing piece of flashing from the chimney or flue may also help to extend the lifespan of your furnace.

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If you want to know more about furnace exhaust system maintenance in the Myrtle Beach area, contact Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. using our convenient form or call us today at 843-497-9867.

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