Your furnace is likely tucked away in the basement and is the least of your worries with so many other things going on: kids going back to school, closing up the cottage, cleaning up the yard for the season and more. If you think about when the last time you had you heat turned on, it might not be a bad idea to call in for a seasonal heating tune-up before the weather gets cold. As seasoned Winnipeg homeowners, we all know how the weather can change in a matter of days.
Even if you don’t call in for service, there are a few things that you can and should do on your own.
- Make sure that your thermostat is set to the heating mode. Simply setting the dial above room temperature will not activate the heat if the system is still in AC or Off mode.
- Make sure nothing flammable has been stored next to the furnace over the summer (lawn movers, grass trimmers, paint, cleaning solutions, gas cans, etc).
- Give the outside of your furnace a good dusting (you can also dust the areas around it).
- Test your furnace for a few minutes while it’s still warm out (like in early September), to make sure that it’s ready to go on the first cold day. You may want open the windows to disperse that unpleasant “first time” smell.
- Clean/ Change your air filter regularly, especially during heavy use seasons (winter and summer). Replace disposable fiberglass filters, and wash electrostatic or electronic filters, at least every three months. More often if they look dirty. A dirty air filter will slow down air flow and make the blower motor and burner work harder to keep you warm (a waste of energy). A clean filter will also keep dust and dirt out of your system, increasing its longevity and reducing the need for expensive repairs.
- Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near your bedroom, and test it monthly. (Tip: do this whenever you change your air filter. And replace the batteries each year when you first test your heating system.) Please note that a CO detector should only be a second line of defense and not a substitute for a proper annual furnace inspection.
Note: On the first cold snap, we get a large amount of calls that can set us back up to a week or more. Why wait when you can get a convenient appointment sooner than later.
For those of you that have a hard time getting off work we do offer annual maintenance appointments on Saturdays as well.
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