As we say goodbye to the heat of the summer, we approach cooler months where we will turn on our heater. Before the cool nights set in and you start to rely on the warming comfort of your furnace, follow these easy steps for safety and energy conservation.
It has been quite some time since your heater has been running, so there is a chance that your pilot light may need to be lit once again. If you do not know how to do this, it is best to call in the professionals. If you have not had recent heater maintenance servicing on your system, this is a great time to have this done. Lighting the pilot light, routine heater maintenance, ductwork inspection, and a general check-up is a safe and energy-efficient way to start the winter months.
Chances are, you cannot remember when the last time your air filter was changed. As your filter traps dirt and debris, your system becomes strained and will not run as efficiently. Not to mention, that when your air filter is dirty, more contaminants and allergens are circulating through your home. We strongly recommend changing your air filter every 30-90 days depending on if you have pets, smoke, or have chronic allergies.
Manual thermostats are being phased out and replace by programmable and smart thermostat models. These more modern alternatives allow you to program your days and evenings of your heater’s operation. Most newer thermostats can be controlled via WIFI to allow you to adjust your home’s heater while you are away. Weather updates and smart technologies allow your heater to adjust itself based on you and your family’s behavior.
Replace your batteries or test direct-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most of these devices have a small button that allows you to test its function. If you do not remember the last time the batteries were changed, change the batteries now just to be safe.
As Summer ends, it is a great time to have your furnace services and a proper maintenance appointment by an HVAC maintenance technician. Planning ahead will make sure that your system is not delayed when the rush hits during the first cold front.