After a long, cold winter, you are probably looking forward to warmth and sunshine this spring and summer. Now that it is warming up, you will probably soon shut off your furnace until next fall when you need to warm up your house again. Before you shut it off for good, here are a few things you should do to ensure your furnace does not wear out and your home stays safe.
If you are not using the furnace, why do you need to worry about the filters being changed until you are ready to switch it on again? The air filter is not dormant even though your furnace is not running. Airflow continues, and if the filter is dirty, the airflow will be restricted, making your unit work harder. It is vital to start the summer season by changing the filter, which helps keep the furnace in good condition even when it is not used.
Even when the furnace is turned off, dirt and debris can still build up, making airflow difficult. As it has been working to heat your home all winter, it is a good idea to make sure that it is clean as we head into summer. You can use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any dirt you see building up and use a damp cloth to clean the outside of the furnace.
If your furnace uses a pilot light, it is time to make sure that it is turned off. If the pilot light remains on, even if you are not running the furnace regularly, it can still affect your energy bill. The pilot will also add unnecessary heat to your air conditioner, forcing it to work harder to cool your home. If you are unsure how to turn off the pilot light yourself, have furnace maintenance professionals do it for you.
Regarding your furnace’s maintenance, you do not want to wait until next winter to ensure everything is running correctly. It has been working hard all winter, so it is a good idea to get it inspected and make sure nothing is worn out or damaged now. Some furnace maintenance tasks are too dangerous for you, so you need to call a professional to check it out and make any repairs needed to keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently.
Carbon monoxide detectors are an absolute necessity when it comes to protecting your home and loved ones. It is crucial to test it regularly to make sure that it is always working correctly. When preparing to start or stop your furnace, you want to make sure that this change in your house’s air supply is not affected by carbon monoxide.
For all of your furnace repair needs in Geneva, call All Seasons Heating and Cooling to inspect and repair any damage to your furnace to keep your home safe and your furnace working correctly in all seasons.
If you need immediate assistance, please call us at (630) 896-1934.