Getting Your Furnace Ready for Winter
The days are shorter, the nights are cooler and the leaves are turning colour; all signs that winter is on its way. These are also cues that it is time to begin preparing for the cold. Aside from acquiring a warm coat, one of the most important things that you can do to prepare is to get your furnace ready for winter. Fortunately, this process is quick and simple, and much easier than shoveling out your driveway.
Your furnace, like any other appliance, can be affected by age, or simply hesitant to operate after its summer vacation. You will want to make sure that it is fully operational, safe and running as efficiently as possible before winter comes. By getting your furnace ready for winter during the autumn, you’ll have plenty of time to address any potential issues and schedule repairs before that first really cold morning arrives.
Starting Your Furnace for the First Time
The first thing you’ll need to do is to turn up your thermostat on a cold day and let your furnace run for a few minutes, fifteen or twenty should be fine. Do you hear it running? Is warm air coming from the air vents? Great, these are all a good sign. If you do not feel warm air, double-check that your thermostat is on the “heat” setting.
Inspect Your Furnace
Now, go to your furnace itself for a closer look. Does it sound like your furnace is running smoothly with no strange noises? Do you smell gas? While you are checking things out, now might be a good time to change your furnace’s filter. A clogged filter will definitely affect your furnace’s performance.
Time to Call A1 Air Conditioning & Heating?
If anything seems off, or if you are not certain, you should call A1 Air Conditioning & Heating to come to your home and inspect your furnace. These TSSA- certified technicians can inspect your furnace thoroughly and let you know if anything is amiss. While they are in your home, they can check for any leaks of dangerous gases, and make sure that everything is operational and safe. If your furnace can be repaired, they can usually handle that too, often during the same visit. Our HVAC professionals can even clean your ducts so that your family can enjoy fresh clean air throughout the house.
Keep Your Furnace Running
Well While you are inspecting your furnace, clear away any items that may be stored too close, and reduce the chance of a fire. You’ll also want to remove items blocking your vents so that your home can warm up quickly and efficiently. Finally, switching to a smart thermostat will give you more control over your home’s heating, and keep the system running only when you need it to, saving you money in the long run.
It only takes a few minutes to get your furnace ready for winter. If something doesn’t seem right, you’ll want to have it thoroughly inspected by a licensed professional. The heating specialists at A1 Air Conditioning & Heating in Oakville will be happy to inspect, service or replace your furnace, and ensure your family’s warmth and comfort throughout the winter.