You are probably aware that as your furnace ages, it is more likely to break down and cost you more money as it loses its energy efficiency. But did you know that an older furnace can also pose potential health problems for you and your family? Here are a few ways in which your old furnace may be harmful to your health.
Older furnaces can particularly pose problems for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues. When your furnace is outdated, it is more likely to recycle dust, pathogens and debris through your home’s ventilation system.
As your home’s air quality goes down, it becomes more likely that you and your family will be affected and experience breathing issues. If you have been noticing an increase in these sorts of issues within your home, it is recommended that you get a furnace inspection.
If high energy bills and costly furnace repairs are causing you financial stress, this can also have an impact on your health. Stress is a factor in a number of potentially serious health issues including insomnia and high blood pressure to name a few. If the cost of repairs is starting to stress you out, it may be time to invest in a new furnace.
One of the most dangerous health concerns when it comes to older furnaces is the threat that carbon monoxide could be leaking into your home. Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odourless gas which can make you and your family very sick and can even be fatal. Having a carbon monoxide detector can help alert you to the presence of this dangerous gas.
You should also check your furnace’s pilot light from time to time. When the light is blue, it is a signal that things are working as they should. If the light turns yellow, it is a signal that carbon monoxide is leaking and that you should call a technician right away to deal with the problem.
When you turn your furnace on for the first time of the season, you may smell oil or gas. This, however, is the only time you should smell this. If you continue smelling odours from your furnace after a couple of uses, it is a sign that something isn’t working properly.
If oil or gas are leaking somewhere, this can pose a fire hazard, and it is essential to contact an HVAC technician right away to address the issue.
With proper care and maintenance, your furnace can last for many years without causing you any problems. To ensure that your furnace is safe; however, for you and your family, it is essential to keep up with regular maintenance. If it has been a while since your last furnace inspection, contact Hamilton Home Comfort today to make an appointment with one of our technicians.
And when it is finally time to replace your older furnace with a new, energy-efficient one? Well, we can help you with that too!