Read our Tips for preparing your furnace for winter
Don’t get left out in the cold this winter! With those cool winter nights rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your home nice and cozy for the Holiday season. Make sure your heating system is safe and ready to go before all the family arrives for the Holidays.
Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your home stays warm all winter long!
Check Your Furnace for Safety
Before turning on your furnace for the first time all year, it’s a good idea to check the area around your furnace unit for any flammable materials. (Your furnace is usually located in either the garage, closet, attic, etc.)
Flammable materials can sometimes get left behind throughout the year when the furnace is not being used. These flammable materials could present a fire hazard during the cold, dry winter. If you have children, take extra precaution and make sure there are no toys or other foreign objects lodged in any unwanted areas of the furnace. (Believe us, it happens!)
While firing up your heating system, make sure you open a few windows throughout your home. The system could potentially put off a foul burning odor. In some cases this odor is harmless, as dust and lint tends to settle on furnace heating elements throughout the year. Those particles burn and can cause that undesirable burning smell.
After the furnace kicks on, let it run for ten minutes. Listen carefully for any new or strange sounds coming from your furnace, as these are also common signs of trouble with the system. You will want to make sure that the initial burning smell goes away — if not, there could potentially be an issue with your furnace. If the smell lasts longer than 10 minutes, make sure you shut it down immediately before calling for service.
Example Furnace Strange Noise
Routine Maintenance: Following the Manufacturer’s Recommendation
When testing your furnace at the beginning of cold weather season, it’s a good time to conduct a system maintenance, starting with the filter for your furnace. This should be changed regularly, usually every 30 days. Heating and cooling consume the most energy in the average home — up to 50% of total home energy use. Dirty air filters make your furnace, central air conditioner, or room air conditioner work harder to circulate air. By cleaning or replacing your filters monthly, you can improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. If you’re not sure where your filter is located or what size to use, contact your local Heating and Cooling service professional.
You should also test your thermostat to make sure it’s controlling your furnace and detecting temperatures accurately. Be sure to try the “always-on” fan setting to make sure it’s working, as well. If you have a programmable thermostat, this is a good time to update your heating schedule. You can also save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat..
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This goes hand-in-hand with furnace testing, because malfunctioning home heating equipment is a leading cause of both household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. If any of these detectors have expired, make sure you replace them before home heating season.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Call your local heating and cooling experts right away if you need a tune-up or repair before the cold rolls in!