A floor furnace is an unconventional home heating system that provides warmth to houses in a discrete and unique way. It is fuelled by gas and can be considerably dangerous if not dealt with in the correct manner. The following tips will help to retain a safe and healthy living environment while using a floor furnace.
1. Thermostat – Every floor furnace should be accompanied with a thermostat to provide accurate readings of the furnace temperature and to regulate comfortable temperature levels in the home. This thermostat should always be mounted in the same room as the furnace and should never be placed in a separate room.
2. Gas Leakage – In some situations a faulty gas line or vent could cause gas to release out of the floor furnace and into the home. If a strong gas odour can be smelt it is imperative not to light a match, candle or any kind of other flame because any lit flame can very easily cause an explosion at this point in time. Also, do not light any appliances whenever you suspect gas is leaking from the furnace system. Avoid using any electrical components in the house, evacuate the house and use your neighbour’s phone or payphone to contact your local gas supplier or fire department. As well as the smell of a strong gas odour, other clear indications of a leakage include whistling and hissing noises being heard in and around the furnace. At times it can be quite hard to locate exactly whether or not there is a gas leak and precisely where it is coming from if there is a gas leak. Soapy water is an excellent way to find the exact location of a leak. To do this you must first turn off the gas supply. Then, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of soap and water (soapy water) and spray all the connections of the gas supply. Now, turn on the gas. Wherever you see bubbles forming this is the area where gas is leaking from. If in doubt always seek professional help from your supplier to take care of the furnace repairs.
3. Water Leakage – Always be vigilant for any signs that water is leaking near the furnace. If water seeps into the floor furnace it could completely damage the control system. Check for water leakages in the floor as they can be very dangerous to the furnace. Any floor furnace parts that have been drenched with water will have to be replaced. To be on the safe side simply turn off the gas and seek assistance from your nearest service technician.
4. Never Block Grills – It is good practice to always keep the air flow from the furnaces grills clear and open. Household items such as clothes, rugs, furniture etcetera should not be placed over the floor furnace grill. A blocked grill can easily start a house fire which could destroy your entire property. Following this practice will prevent this from happening.
5. Vacuum Clean –It is also very good practice to vacuum regularly any dust or particles that have built up in the components of the floor furnace. Pay special attention to the burner compartment and ensure that it is kept clean. This will minimize the risk of accidental fires and help your furnace run more efficiently.
6. Flammable Materials – All flammable materials such as gasoline, flammable liquids and vapours should be kept completely out of contact of the floor furnace. This will prevent explosions or fires from occurring and stop any injuries from occurring as a result.
7. Service Regularly – A qualified engineer or serviceman should be sought at least once a year to check everything is in order with your floor furnace. If this is not done and your furnace installation is poorly vented and maintained carbon dioxide poisoning can result. A regular performance check will stop this from happening and will also identify any other faults or defects that may be affecting your home heating system.