Couple enjoying heatingYou might be tempted to turn your furnace off for safety reasons while you’re away on vacation. The thought that your furnace might set your house on fire means you won’t have peace of mind while you’re trying enjoy some time away. Simply put, it’s a bad idea to turn off your furnace, especially if you’re taking a vacation during the winter. Colorado winter weather is especially hard on homes and you don’t want to risk damaging your home. You can take solace in the fact that furnaces come with safety switches that protect your home in the event there’s a malfunction.

Your Furnace Needs to Stay on During the Winter

Homes are built out of weather-sensitive materials that need to stay at a steady temperature for them to be effective and not break. While some materials take a long time to break down, such as plaster and drywall, water pipes freeze and break in a matter of days if they’re not kept well above freezing. Frozen water pipes are likely to burst and flood your home, creating an even bigger problem than worrying about the risk of fire. Keeping your furnace switched on is your best bet protect your home. However, if you feel your furnace is old and you don’t trust it to operate properly while you’re away, contact Smith and Willis in Commerce City to talk about getting your furnace replaced with a new model that has the latest in safety switch technology.

How a Furnace Limit Switch Protects Your Home

Modern furnaces come equipped with something called a furnace limit switch. If you’re not home and something happens to cause the temperature in the furnace to get too high, the switch cuts off the gas flow to the furnace and prevents a fire from starting. There are multiple safety switches in the furnace and all work towards preventing the furnace from getting too hot. Some furnaces have all the safety switches wired in a series which means they work in concert to shut the furnace down if something goes wrong.

Furnace Installation Experts

Call Smith and Willis today to set up an appointment to get your HVAC checked out and find out if it needs replacing before you go on vacation. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have a new furnace installed and your home is as safe as always.