Old and Constantly Malfunctioning Furnace: A Real Hazard

Plumber fixing the furnace

Did you know that the average cost of heating in the United States is nearly $1,200 during the winter season? Of course, this still depends on several factors, such as the location and the specific type of furnace, but you get the gist: heating expenses continue to grow in the country every year.

And in Riverton, Utah, where the winters have become colder than usual, heating bills may be higher than what homeowners can expect, and this goes for those with optimally-functioning heaters.

In other words, your malfunctioning heating system will surely drive up your bills since it consumes more energy.

Higher utility bills: Not your sole concern

But considerable spikes in your heater’s energy consumption isn’t your only cause for concern. Your old and faulty furnace or boiler can put you and your loved ones at serious safe and healthy risks.

A poorly-functioning furnace, combined with the airtightness of your home, can make your home a carbon monoxide danger site.

This alone should already prompt you to consider replacing your furnace.

The dangers of carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a type of gas that comes from the fumes of burning fuel. It’s lethal, and what makes it even more dangerous is that you can’t see, smell, or even taste it.

Exposure to this gas can cause poisoning, the symptoms of which usually include headaches, weakness, chest pains, vomiting, and diarrhea. Even short-term exposure can already lead to these signs. And the greater the amount of CO one breathes in, the worse the consequences are.

Don’t let CO take the safety of your home away

There are numerous potential causes of carbon monoxide build-up in homes, and a faulty furnace is one of them.

Even if you can’t see, smell, or taste it, you don’t want to risk the health and safety of your family by disregarding the status of your home heater. So, before anything worse happens than just a complete furnace failure, have it replaced by an HVAC contractor as soon as possible.