Furnace Installation

How Much Space Should I Leave Open Around My Furnace?

Natural gas furnaces need sufficient space and airflow to run correctly.

Your furnace can shut down if it doesn’t have enough space. It also makes it difficult for our professionals to complete furnace repair.

Annual furnace maintenance is crucial to keep your unit running smoothly. An annually serviced furnace may work more efficiently, which could reduce your energy bills.

Related: How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

Maintenance often helps us spot issues before they start. This could help lower future repair costs and potentially lengthen the life of your system.

So how much clearance should your equipment really have?

How Much Space Does My Furnace Need?

If you’re remodeling your basement or closing off your furnace room, you should take a look at manufacturer instructions and Bossier City ordinances for clearance requirements.

As a general recommendation, your heater should be 30 inches away from furnace room walls on all sides. This permits our service professionals to conveniently replace it.

You also need to ensure the room has enough airflow and ventilation, especially if you have an aging furnace with a metal flue.

Related: Furnace Service or Furnace Replacement: What to Consider

This model of furnace pulls combustion air from the nearby area. If there’s insufficient air, hazardous gas fumes and toxic carbon monoxide could leak into your home.

If your furnace is located in a tiny room with a gas water heater, you may need to install extra openings. This could include a fully louvered door or vents in the walls.

Not sure if your furnace or water heater has adequate ventilation? We can assist you!

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You don’t need to think about airflow and ventilation as much if you have a up-to-date, high-efficiency furnace with PVC piping. Your unit uses one pipe as an exhaust vent and the other to add air.

Keep Combustible Materials Away from Your Furnace

Although furnace rooms are often also used for laundry and storage space, you should keep yours free of clutter that could be fire hazards.

This includes:

  • Clotheslines
  • Cleaning or laundry products
  • Gasoline, paint or paint thinner
  • Rags and papers
  • Wood scraps and sawdust
  • Used filters

If you have a cat, place your litter box in another room. Cat urine contains ammonia, which could deteriorate your furnace’s heat exchanger. Plus, the furnace could circulate the stinky odors around your home.

You should also routinely vacuum by your furnace to prevent dust from developing.

Related: Is it Time for Furnace Service or Replacement?

Request Expert Furnace Service 

Whether you need furnace replacement or regular maintenance in Bossier City, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can expertly meet your needs. Our highly trained technicians can fix any furnace model or brand.

Call us at 800-COOLING or use our online scheduler to request an appointment now.

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