Test It Out
The best way to see how your furnace is working is a test run. Switch your system from cooling to heating and raise the thermostat a few degrees; then listen for the furnace to kick in. Listen for any abnormal sounds, like rattling or banging, that could indicate loose venting or other system problems. If you don’t hear the heating start up within a few minutes, there may be an issue with the wiring or power source. The thermostat is the command centre of any central heating system and is one of the most important elements of ensuring your furnace is working at peak efficiency. If you can identify problems early and connect with HVAC professionals to solve them, you lessen the risk of needing emergency servicing later.
Change Those Filters
To maintain the highest performance possible, you should check your filter after 30 days of use. Advice on when to change your filter can vary, from once every month to once every season, so your best bet is to use the filter itself as a gauge. If it looks dirty or clogged up with dust, it’s time to switch it out. Take advantage of summer sales before you start using your furnace regularly, and stock up on filters when they’re cheap and demand is low. You’ll want at least a half-dozen on hand over the year!
Clear the Clutter
Remove anything that you’ve stored near your furnace during the warmer months, especially anything that might be flammable or react poorly to heat. This is also a good time to make sure that your heating ducts and return vents are open and not covered with any furniture, curtains, or other household objects. Remove any covers and be prepared to give your vents a good dusting before your system goes to work.
Safety Comes First
No system is flawless, and it’s important to take all precautions. Carbon monoxide detectors are a key component of safe, economical heating, and are required by law in most provinces. If you don’t already have these in your home, we highly recommend taking the time to invest in them now. If you do have them, test and replace the batteries as necessary before you start using the furnace regularly. And remember: if you have any issues with your furnace’s performance when you test it, your safety and comfort will benefit from seeking professional maintenance and repair.
Invest in Regular Maintenance
These are some simple tips that you can follow on your own to prepare yourself for a cozy winter home. However, the best advice for any system is to pursue regular maintenance and professional cleaning. In this case, it’s wise to contact an HVAC professional to come and examine the system for any loose connectors or malfunctioning equipment. This will ensure that your system remains safe, efficient, and performing well throughout the coldest months.
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