Steps To Take Before Turning On Your Furnace
By Bryan Rutkosky
Before you fire up your furnace for the first time this season, there are things to do to ensure a safe, efficient operating season.
First, make sure your filter is clean. If there is any amount of debris on it, replace it. By taking this step, you’ll increase your furnace’s efficiency and reduce your energy bills.
Second, check all around your furnace to ensure nothing is hanging on or near it. For safety reasons, it is important that the area is clear before startup.
Next, check to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are properly installed and working. This is a perfect time of year to change the batteries in your detectors and purchase new ones. Also, be sure to check your thermostat and load it with fresh batteries, if needed.
To ensure safety features are working properly internally, hire a professional to come and do a cleaning and checkup of your furnace. Not only does this increase safety, but it also increases your furnace’s efficiency and can increase the life expectancy of your appliance. Once you flip the switch and turn your furnace on, listen and look for red flags that could indicate a problem is present. Indicators of possible problems include the furnace not starting up right away, unusual smells, and odd sounds. Pay attention to the way you and your family feel once the house is heated. If anyone begins to feel weak or ill once the house is warm, it’s time to vacate the premises and call a professional for a safety inspection. Turning your furnace on after months of sitting stagnant isn’t a difficult chore, but these small tips will help ensure safety and efficiency.
Bryan Rutkosky is licensed in HVAC, plumbing and electrical. Ber's Heating & Cooling is based out of Brunswick and serves all of Northeast Ohio. Contact Ber’s by phone at 330-591-9196 to schedule a free estimate.