Before turning on your furnace for the first time it’s important to make sure your heating system is working properly and efficiently. By making sure you properly prepare your furnace for fall and winter, you will save money on energy bills, keep your home safe, maintain manufactures warranty and many more benefits will be gained.
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Things To Check Before Turning On Your Furnace
Here are 9 things homeowners should do before turning on the furnace for the first time.
Schedule furnace tune up service
One of the first steps to take before turning on your furnace is to schedule a furnace tune-up service. Have a professional Las Vegas HVAC company perform annual maintenance on your heating system every fall. Your heating system loses 5% of its overall efficiency every year it goes without proper maintenance. During a heating maintenance service, a NATE-certified HVAC technician will ensure your heating system is running smoothly to identify any heating problems before they turn into expensive repairs or replacements. Plus, regular HVAC maintenance will make sure your equipment is as energy efficient as possible, saving you money and lowering home energy bills.
Change home air filters
Before starting your furnace, you should make sure to change your home air filters. Your air filters should be changed at least every 3 months. This easy home maintenance task is especially important to do as we change seasons. If you have pets or if your house tends to be overly dusty, you will need to make sure you check your air filters each month. Keeping clean air filters in your home can do a lot for air quality and will improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Clean area around furnace
The area directly surrounding your furnace or heating system needs to be cleaned, there should be nothing obstructing your heating system. Make sure nothing is sitting around the base or leaning up against the sides of the furnace. Move all combustible items, including rags and paper towels, away from the heating equipment. Never store flammable products in the same room as the furnace.
Change batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Malfunctioning natural gas furnaces have a small chance of leaking carbon monoxide gas into your home. While the risk is low, a leak could be hazardous to your health. Low concentrations can cause fatigue or headaches, while high exposure can be life-threatening.
To protect you and your family from these dangers, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed on each floor of your home, including right outside sleeping areas. Test the detector monthly and change the batteries every fall before turning on the furnace for the first time.
Uncover heating vents
Make sure the vents in your home are not blocked or covered. Do not place furniture atop vents, this will prevent your heating system from providing the maximum flow of heat – which will increase the cost of your utility bill.
Make sure thermostat is working
Before turning your heating system on you need to test your thermostat. Set the temperature a couple of degrees higher than the current inside temperature, then switch the furnace on from the thermostat and see if it comes on. If it does come on and runs until reaching the set temperature, congratulations, your furnace is ready for the winter! However, if it doesn’t come on, it may simply be a problem with your thermostat. Try changing the thermostat batteries first. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to get a new thermostat. You may want to consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat that can help you save energy while keeping your home comfortable.
Replace an older furnace with a new high efficiency model
If your furnace is more than fifteen years old, you should consider replacing it this fall with a new, high-efficiency model. Older furnaces generally have an AFUE rating of 56-70%. That means they only convert 56-70% of the energy they consume into heat. The rest is wasted. Newer high-efficiency furnaces, on the other hand, have AFUE ratings of 90-98%. That can mean big savings on your energy bills. Replace your older furnace before it’s time to turn it on, and you can enjoy those savings all winter long!
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