The furnace in your Hamilton Township, NJ home plays an important role in keeping you healthy. When outside temperatures fall below freezing, this equipment prevents problems like hypothermia, frostbite, frostnip, and more. With a functional furnace, you can enjoy a safe, comfortable living environment no matter how extreme the outside weather becomes. However, absent of proper ventilation, your furnace can be just as detrimental to your well-being as it is beneficial. Read on to find out why.
Furnace Venting Eliminates Harmful Exhaust Gases
There are two types of ventilation that are important to your furnace. The first of these is the venting system that releases harmful exhaust gases into the outdoor air. When furnaces combust fuel to produce heat, they never do so completely. Incomplete fuel combustion results in the production of carbon monoxide (CO) and other dangerous gases.
The venting system for your furnace channels these gases out and away from building residents. If this venting system isn’t installed correctly or if it gets damaged by a weather or impact event, everyone in the home will be at risk of CO exposure and CO poisoning.
Good Ventilation Prevents Excess Humidity and Mold
The second type of ventilation that matters to your home’s HVAC system is the venting that occurs along its distribution pathways. Your HVAC air vents provide this ventilation so that conditioned air moves freely, doesn’t become stagnant, and doesn’t cause your heating or cooling equipment to overheat.
If you have dirty, blocked vents, you’ll eventually develop problems with excess moisture, mold, and mildew. As these issues spiral out of control, building residents may begin to exhibit common symptoms of mold exposure such as:
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Coughing and wheezing
Blocked HVAC air vents can also cause your heating equipment to malfunction right when you need it the most.
You’ll Have a Higher Indoor Air Quality
Furnace ventilation protects your indoor air quality (IAQ). Not only does it limit the likelihood of excess humidity and mold problems, but it also reduces the amount of dirt, dust, dander, and other particulates that are floating throughout your home. When air is able to move through your HVAC system as it should, these allergens can be captured and retained by your furnace filter, and by any other supplemental filtration equipment you’ve installed.
At Home Allegiance Heating & Air, we proudly serve residents of Hamilton Township, NJ and the surrounding areas. Our clients can count on us for fast, friendly HVAC services year-round. We offer heater and air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repair services. We also have an excellent preventative maintenance plan. Get in touch with us today!