This Holiday Season, Make Sure Your Furnace Can Keep You Safe.

As the classic song goes, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but if you’re contending with a furnace that isn’t operating properly, your home may not feel as comfortable – or as safe – as you’d like. Your furnace may be giving you several indications that a repair is needed, and knowing the warning signs can mean the difference between a dangerous system breakdown and getting the repairs you need so you and your family can experience comfort and joy this season.

The most dangerous issue a furnace in need of repair might have is giving off carbon monoxide, which is invisible, odorless – and can be fatal. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off at any time, you should leave your home and call in the professionals right away. You should also know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – these include headaches, dizziness and vomiting. If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, get them to fresh air and call your local fire and ambulance.

Fortunately, your furnace may simply need repairs but not be dangerous. According to Bob Vila, you should have a qualified HVAC technician look at your system if you’re dealing with the following furnace issues:

  • Your energy bills are increasing, even though your furnace usage is still the same.
  • Your furnace cycles on and off at more frequent intervals.
  • Your furnace seems to be heating your home unevenly (some rooms are hot, some are cold).
  • Your furnace is noisy and has developed rattling, buzzing or humming noises.
  • You notice an excessive amount of dust in your indoor air.

At T.F. O’Brien, we want to help you ensure that your family is safe and comfortable, at the holidays and all year long. If you’re furnace is experiencing any of the above symptoms, we can help. Our technicians are NATE certified and trained to provide you with the best furnace repair possible. We’re pleased to offer comprehensive services throughout Long Island, including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and Brooklyn. Give us a call at 516.488.1800 and we will be more than happy to help you.