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The wintertime can get quite chilly outside, and with colder weather comes cozier homes. If it’s starting to get cold outside and you’re getting ready to turn on your furnace, there are some steps that you should take care of before you get too excited about warming up your home. First things first, make sure your furnace is up to date by hiring a professional HVAC service company! They’ll make sure that your furnace is up to date.

Change Filter

Throw out the old, dusty filter and exchange it for a new one. Old filters could have mold, dirt, bacteria, and dust that are not good for your body or the home. In order to make sure that you’re staying healthy and your furnace remains in good condition, switch out the filter before you turn everything on.

Set Thermostat to “Heat”

This might be obvious, but how are you going to know if your heater is working without setting your thermostat to heat? For optimal usage, make sure that you keep a good overall temperature within the home before you officially turn on your furnace for the wintertime.

Clean Burners

Dirty burners could cause foul odor as well as have the potential to let harmful debris pass through your home. When this happens, this debris and bacteria could cause some serious health issues. Not only can it cause health issues, but it could also potentially break the components in your furnace.

Check and Oil Blower

To make sure that your blower is working properly and actually blowing warm air into the house, you’ll need to check it before using it. A bad blower motor could cause some loud noises, weak airflow, and frequent overheating. All of these combined could also result in a higher bill.

Uncover Heating Vents

Covering your vents could harm your HVAC system. In fact, it could harm your heat exchanger, which could lead to the release of harmful toxins that could damage your health.

Clear Chimney and Vents

If you don’t regularly clear and clean your chimney and vents, this could cause a fire to happen. When you don’t clear these out, toxins and chemicals build-up that could easily cause a fire and, not to forget to mention — it can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Test Safety Monitors

Your safety monitors are important because they help prevent damage like explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. If you’re unsure of how to do it yourself, get a professional out to test your monitors and let you know whether or not you’re in the clear to use your furnace.

Check for Smells or Noises

If your furnace is emitting some serious smells, then it may be time to get a repair or replacement. You’re bound to hear some humming or rattling, but things that aren’t common are sounds like clunking or whining. A boom is normal unless it pairs with a burning odor. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your furnace checked out. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs!