The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and failure to perform annual maintenance on gas appliances may result in higher gas bills and possible exposure to carbon monoxide, which can cause negative health effects like nausea, drowsiness, flu-like symptoms, and even death.
SoCalGas, the City of Santa Clarita and the Energy Coalition* offer the following tips to promote the safe and efficient operation of your natural gas furnace:
* Have gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a qualified heating contractor, plumber or SoCalGas.
* Vacuum and clean regularly in and around the furnace, particularly around the burner compartment to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.
* Never store items in, on or around the appliance that can obstruct airflow.
* Most forced-air units have a filter that cleans the air before heating and circulating it throughout the home. The filter should be checked monthly for lint build-up during periods of furnace use and cleaned or replaced, if necessary.
* Check the appearance of the flame. If the flame is yellow, large and unsteady, the furnace needs to be inspected immediately by a licensed heating contractor, plumber or SoCalGas to have the condition corrected.
* For more tips, visit GreenSantaClarita.com
It’s important to schedule your furnace maintenance check before the cold weather begins. For more information on furnace safety or to schedule a FREE service appointment, please visit the SoCalGas website at socalgas.com.
* This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.