It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and you’re probably starting to think about turning on the heat. But before you do that, you need to check a few things to make sure everything is working properly. Here’s a quick checklist of what to do before turning on your heater for the Fall season.
1. Check Your Furnace Filter
First, check your furnace filter. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work more than necessary. Replacing your filter regularly (about once a month during the heating season) can help extend the life of your furnace and improve its efficiency.
2. Check for Drafts around Your Doors and Windows
Another way to improve the efficiency of your furnace is to ensure there are no drafts around your doors and windows. Sealing gaps with weatherstripping or caulk can help keep hot and cold air inside.
3. Check for Anything That Could Be Blocking Your Vents
Make sure your vents are not blocked by furniture or curtains. If your vents are clogged, it can cause your oven to work harder and overheat.
4. Check the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It’s also a good idea to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are vital to your family’s safety and you want to make sure they are in good condition.
5. Check to Ensure Your Thermostat Works
Before you turn on your heating for the season, you need to check that your thermostat is working properly. A faulty thermostat can cause your furnace to run more often than necessary, resulting in higher energy bills. If you are unsure how to test your thermostat, contact an HVAC professional.
6. Make a Log of Any Concerns or Issues
If you have any concerns or problems with your oven, write them down in a journal. This will allow you to track any problems and report them to your HVAC professional when repairing your furnace.
7. Schedule a Professional Inspection
Now that you know what to check before turning on the heating, you can be sure that your home will be cozy and comfortable all winter long. However, if you still have questions or just want peace of mind, it’s always a good idea to schedule a professional inspection.
A qualified HVAC technician can inspect your furnace and ensure it is in working condition. They can also give you tips on improving the efficiency and security of your home.
Contact Wisler Plumbing & Air!
Wisler Plumbing & Air is here to make sure your furnace is ready for winter. We offer a variety of services including furnace inspection, repair, and maintenance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our experienced professionals are happy to help you keep your home comfortable all winter long.