Important Steps to Take Before Turning on Your Furnace
Most people don’t think about their furnaces when it’s warm and sunny outside. Now that the weather is starting to cool off, you should take steps to make sure that your furnace is operating properly, safely, and to its fullest capacity.
Here are 4 important steps you need to take before turning on your furnace.
Remove any obstructions near the unit
Before turning on the furnace for the first time, get rid of any household items near your furnace. Also, check to make sure that nothing is covering the return vents or air ducts. There shouldn’t be any items near your furnace. Especially, if they are likely to catch fire. Consider moving these things to the garage or an outdoor shed. Storing them in the same area as your furnace may lead to a house fire. Remember, most furnaces are powered by fuels and they need proper ventilation.
Have your furnace checked and inspected
The last thing you want is to find out that your furnace isn’t operational when that first cold day hits. This is why it’s important to have your furnace checked and inspected in Fall to ensure that it is working safely and efficiently.
During your furnace tune-up, a professional Broomfield HVAC technician will check all aspects of your furnace to see if everything is operational.
Check carbon monoxide alarm
Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and deadly. One of the best ways to determine the presence of carbon monoxide in your home is with the help of a carbon monoxide alarm. They can detect any dangerous fumes emitted by your home’s heating system.
Turn on the carbon monoxide alarm to see if it’s working. Check and change the batteries to ensure that they are working properly.
Check windows for cracks
Even the smallest gaps in your windows can be an easy entrance for cold air. This is why it is important to seal your windows to keep the frigid breeze out. This task requires some basic tools and a little DIY.
Sealing your windows will help keep drafts of cold air from entering your home in addition to helping reduce heating cost.