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Still Living With Outdated Gas Wall Heaters? 3 Reasons to Have a Furnace Installed before Winter

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If your older home is heated using a system of outdated gas wall heaters, now's the time for a change. You might not realize this, but outdated gas wall heaters aren't necessarily a safe heating option for your family. In fact, they can pose serious health and safety risks for you and your family. Before you go another winter using your outdated gas wall heaters, read the information provided below. You'll find three health and safety risks you're facing if you don't have a new furnace installed right away. 

CO2 Exposure

If your home is still being heated by outdated gas wall heaters, you're at an increased risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. First, older gas wall heaters aren't vented, which means the gases remain inside the house. Second, older gas wall heaters can have a problem with incomplete combustion, which increases the amount of carbon monoxide gas that's produced. Finally, older gas wall heaters can develop faulty pilot lights, which can cause carbon monoxide gas to leak into your home. The best way to protect your family from the risks associated with CO2 exposure is to have a new furnace installed in your home. Furnaces reduce the risk for CO2 exposure. 

House Fires

If winters bring colder temperatures, 24-hours a day where you live, you might keep your heater going all day long. If you have outdated gas wall heaters in your home, that could put you at an increased risk for house fires. With outdated gas wall heaters, the pilot light is in close proximity to furniture, rugs, and even some window coverings. Not to mention the small things that might accidentally be pushed too close to the flame. Unfortunately, all of those items could cause a house fire, especially if you're not able to extinguish the flames quickly enough. Luckily, you can reduce the risk for house fires by installing a new furnace. With a new gas furnace, the pilot light won't be in close proximity to your household items. 


Finally, if you have young children, or pets in your home, you need to be concerned about burns. You might not know this, but gas wall heaters put your children and pets at an increased risk for burns. That's because the outer surface of the wall heater units can become quite hot. You won't have that risk when you install a gas furnace. That's because furnaces are installed away from the main living areas of the home.

Consider looking into a company that would help install a new furnace.