3 Reasons Why Furnace Ventilation Is Important
Winter’s chilly days and cold nights mean that you’ll turn to the furnace for relief. Homes with furnaces in your Elk Grove Village, IL home require ventilation. Let’s take a look at three reasons why furnace ventilation is so important to your comfort and well-being.
Gas furnaces use a flue or chimney to ventilate the byproducts of combustion to the outdoors. Insufficient ventilation causes the toxic gases from combustion to infiltrate your home. One of those gases, carbon monoxide, has no color, scent or taste. Breathing carbon monoxide causes it to replace oxygen in your body. Exposure to carbon monoxide may make you feel as if you have the flu. High levels of this toxic gas lead to loss of consciousness and worse. Proper furnace ventilation prevents these serious health hazards.
A well-ventilated furnace burns gas more efficiently. A gas furnace works by burning fuel in the presence of oxygen to create heat. Without enough airflow, the combustion process is inefficient. If you’ve noticed increasing heating bills, but you haven’t adjusted your thermostat and the cost per unit of natural gas hasn’t increased, inadequate ventilation may be to blame. If you’re not sure if this is the case, a professional can check this during an annual maintenance visit.
3. Indoor Air Quality
Poor furnace ventilation allows airborne contaminants and excessive humidity to build up in your home. This leads to poor indoor air quality. Breathing airborne particles into your lungs may exacerbate any pre-existing conditions you or members of your household have. These particles may also trigger allergic reactions or worsen a respiratory infection. Excessive humidity promotes mold growth, which also triggers allergic reactions in many people.
If you’re not in need of ventilation or other furnace repairs today, we also offer air conditioner repairs and heating and cooling maintenance, installation and replacement. Our indoor air quality solutions, radiant heating systems, heat pumps and mini-split heating and cooling systems offer comfort and energy efficiency. We also offer commercial HVAC services throughout Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area. For more information about furnace ventilation, contact us at CSL Climate Control Company today.