Fall Is Here: Check These 7 Things On Your Furnace When You Turn It On
As the final days of summer approach, it may be difficult to think about turning your furnace on. But that day will be here before you know it.
Your furnace has sat for weeks without any attention. And because it hasn’t operated for a while, things can go wrong. The National Fire Protection Association states that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of house fires. With a little preemptive maintenance at the start of the season, you can ensure your family stays safe throughout the winter season.
Check the filter
Start with the most obvious and well-known maintenance item. Your filter should be replaced before you turn on your furnace for the first time. Dirty air filters can stress your heating equipment, and allow dirty air to filter throughout your home. When in doubt, replace. The more active your household, the more often you should replace it.
Clean the vents
Dirt and dust can accumulate in your vents and registers over the summer season, especially if you open your windows on a regular basis. As a part of your fall preparation, take a moment to dust and vacuum your vents to remove allergens and help improve indoor air quality. If you haven’t cleaned your ductwork in a while, now would be a great time to schedule that home maintenance service too.
Check carbon monoxide levels
Thousands of people visit the emergency room each year, affected by carbon monoxide poisoning. To prevent this from happening in your home, take a moment to ensure your furnace is running properly the first time you turn it on. When you start it for the first time, check the carbon monoxide levels after 15 minutes or so. If the reading is above 30, turn off your system and call in a professional. Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors and don’t use your equipment until a professional checks it out. You should install a carbon monoxide detector to help keep your family safe.
Test your thermostat
Thermostats slow down with age. After your furnace operates for a bit, does the temperature gauge move accordingly? If not, now may be the perfect time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat, or one with smart technology. These systems can give you more control over how you heat your home, and can provide reports to help you be more efficient with the process.
Have any other questions about turning on your furnace this fall?