The time has come for the AC to turn off and furnaces to start turning on. However, you want to make sure that, when you turn your furnace on for the first time, it is ready. The last thing you want is to have to repair or replace your furnace right when the temperatures start to dip.
So, let’s go over a few steps you should take when you decide to turn on your furnace this year.
Test Your Thermostat
The best way to find out if your thermostat is working is to flip your fan setting to ‘Auto’ and increase the set temperature to 4-5°C above the current temperature of your home. If you feel warm air coming from your vents a few minutes later, then your thermostat is intact. Make sure you check your thermostat a few weeks before temperatures drop very low so you are well aware of its condition.
Clean The Burners
Since your heaters have been off for a few months now, it is inevitable that dust gathers in and around the vents. If you turn your furnace on without cleaning the burners, you may end up with an unpleasant smell throughout your house. So, make sure you clean your burners thoroughly at the start of the season to prevent any weird smells from circulating throughout your home. Also, keep an eye out for any rust or misaligned parts that may need professional attention.
Check All Safety Monitors
For your own safety, you should have a smoke, radar, and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure each one is working prior to turning on your furnace. All batteries should be checked and replaced if needed. If there are any issues with your safety monitors, make sure you get them fixed before turning your furnace on.
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