Winter’s almost here! Before the cold weather arrives in full force, consider adding heater and furnace prep to your winter checklist. Furnaces and other heating units remain an essential part of keeping you and your loved ones warm in the wintertime. By preparing your furnace for winter, you can avoid setbacks before needing to rely on the unit. Contacting an HVAC professional to prepare furnaces, or other heating units, can ensure your furnace can keep you comfortable all winter long.
A few simple tips can help make winter furnace prep easier!
When using a gas furnace or gas heating unit, check the carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Gas furnaces and other appliances that use gas to provide heat can cause carbon monoxide to build up if not properly ventilated.
When left undetected, carbon monoxide gas can turn fatal. According to the CDC, common symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain, confusion, and an upset stomach. To keep you and your family safe, make sure to use functioning CO detectors!
A trained professional can check aspects of a furnace system like the intake pipe and heat exchanger. A blocked intake pipe can cause dangerous carbon monoxide to build up. The heat exchanger can benefit from annual cleaning to keep it running effectively. Professionals can check for cracks, which could cause the indoor air quality to go down.
An HVAC technician may also take care to look at other aspects of a furnace. They may clean and lubricate the blower motor and check or clean the burners. Regular furnace repair can act as preventative maintenance to help prevent a harmful CO leak.
On a chilly day, turn on your furnace for a test run. Make sure to clear away furniture, toys, or other objects from around the heating vents before turning the unit on. Listen for abnormal noises or smells. If you hear or smell anything out of the ordinary, shut the unit off and contact an HVAC technician.
Keep an eye on the thermostat as well. If the temperature in the home doesn’t seem to match the temperature set on the thermostat, you may need a new thermostat.
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