Natural gas furnaces need sufficient space and airflow to run properly.
Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it challenging for our professionals to complete furnace repair.
Routine furnace maintenance is essential to keep your unit working well. An annually serviced furnace may run more efficiently, which could reduce your utility bills.
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Maintenance often helps us notice problems before they become expensive. This could help reduce future repair expenses and potentially prolong the life of your furnace.
So how much area should your equipment really have?
How Much Space Will a Furnace Take Up?
If you’re finishing your basement or closing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer instructions and Covington statutes for clearance guidelines.
As a general suggestion, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This permits our service professionals to easily replace it.
You also need to make sure the room has enough airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an older furnace with a metal flue.
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This kind of furnace needs combustion air from the nearby location. If there’s not enough air, dangerous gas fumes and deadly carbon monoxide could flow back into your home.
If your furnace is located in a small room with a gas water heater, you may need to add supplemental openings. This could involve a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.
You don’t need to consider airflow and ventilation as much if you have a up-to-date, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your furnace uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to add air.
Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace
Although furnace rooms double as laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of items that could be fire hazards.
- Cleaning or laundry products
- Gasoline, paint or paint thinner
- Rags and papers
- Wood scraps and sawdust
- Used filters
If you have a cat, situate your litter box elsewhere. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could create wear on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could circulate the smelly odors throughout your home.
You should also frequently clean by your furnace to prevent dust from accumulating.
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Whether you want furnace replacement or routine maintenance in Covington, Covington Air Systems can expertly handle your needs. Our highly trained technicians can repair any heating equipment model or brand.
Call us at (770) 462-5319 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment today.