Now that winter is in full swing, you’ll likely want to crank up your furnace to keep your home nice and warm. But before turning on your furnace for winter, it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order so that it not only operates properly, but keeps you and your family safe.
You may not realize it, but over time our furnaces actually begin to deteriorate. When this happens, they become less efficient and productive at keeping your home warm. The good news is, just because your furnace might not be running in tip top shape doesn’t mean you necessarily need a new one. Once a technician takes a look at your system, they may determine that it only needs some repairs. But until a qualified professional can come perform an inspection, it’ll be hard to say for sure. In the meantime, here are a few ways to make sure your furnace is running optimally and keeping your home warm and safe.
Keeping Your Home Safe with Air Filters
The quality of air you’re getting from your furnace greatly impacts the comfort and health inside your home. Seasonal illness, allergies and general discomfort are often caused by a furnace filter that isn’t operating properly. A few filter options include:
- Air Scrubber Plus – A safe wet solution-base that uses specialized germicidal UV light waves. It eliminates odors and pollutants.
- UV Biocide Chamber – Uses UV rays to rid your home of airborne viruses, molds, bacteria and other contaminants.
- Bioguard – An electronic filter that sends waves of static charge into the passing air, collecting even the smallest dust particles before they can flow through your home.
Check out the Chimneys
It’s a good idea to inspect your chimney before turning on your furnace for the first time. This is just to make sure there aren’t any obstructions, such as an animal nest.
Test the Thermostat
If your thermostat is out of whack, that could mean your entire system isn’t working how it should. Even after a long summer, when you turn on your thermostat, the heat should kick right on.
Make sure the Vents are Open
This one is easy to miss. Whether a piece of furniture got placed on top or in front of a few, or you intentionally closed one during the summer, do a quick walk through to make sure no vents are obstructed.
If it has been a while since your furnace was inspected, or something about it seems not quite right, we recommend reaching out to have a heating specialist come look things over. This is the safest and most efficient way to ensure your furnace is running properly and will continue to do so for years to come.