Suddenly, the temperatures drop. You get out of bed and feel a chill in the air. It happens overnight, doesn’t it?
Transition from summer to fall can be exciting. Pumpkin spice lattes and hot buttered rum are all something to look forward to when the temperatures hover in the 90s for weeks at a time. While you might not think about turning your furnace on right now and ensuring it still is working, doing so on the first cold day could leave you shivering for hours at a time.
What can you do to test your furnace out right now?
Turn on the thermostat
When the sun dips down and you can live without your air conditioner for a few minutes, switch from cooling to heating and set the temperature a couple of degrees higher than your room’s current temperature. If you don’t hear the click telling you your furnace is turning on, check the power source to the HVAC system and ensure it is turned on. If it’s still not working, it’s time to call in a professional
Change the air filters
This has been a high heat, smoky summer. Now is the perfect time to change out your air filter and ensure a clean air supply is flowing through your HVAC system. Installing a clean air filter keeps your entire HVAC system cleaner and running better, plus it ensures your air supply is as clean as it can be.
Check the pilot light
On older systems, you might have to relight the pilot light. Newer systems have electric igniters. If it isn’t working, push the reset or light the pilot light. If it’s still not working, it’s time to call in a professional.
Check your carbon monoxide detector
Your carbon monoxide detectors keep you safe all winter long. Before you turn your furnace on for the first time, test your carbon monoxide detector and make sure it’s working correctly. If you’ve had it in place for several years, now is the time to upgrade your technology and install a new one. This will help your family stay safe from this “silent killer.”
Schedule your annual maintenance visit
Especially this year, you’re at home more than ever. Don’t take the chance of your furnace not working correctly. Call today and schedule an annual maintenance visit to ensure your furnace is working correctly, small repairs are managed, and you’ll have fewer chances of problems as we move into the colder months.
It’s not only a good idea to keep your home safe and warm, but it’s also required to keep your warranty valid. Schedule yours today.