Preparing Your Furnace For the Winter!

Prepare Your Home For the Winter

By: Customer Care

Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational. When the first cold day of winter hits, you don’t want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it’s not working!

Outlined below are a few steps to ensure your furnace is prepared for the coming winter months.

  • Inspect the thermostat for proper function
  • Inspect the filters (and be sure you’re stocked up on filters!)
  • Follow the proper instructions for lighting the furnace

When you first turn on your heating system, you want to be sure everything is running safely. Look out for strange signs and smells that don’t quite seem right.

Before turning your furnace for the first time, remember that heating units can collect a small amount of dust and new units that have never been turned on will have a distinct smell. This is completely normal and the smell will disappear after the unit has been running long enough to burn those particles off. Opening a window can help clear these odors from your home quickly.

Once your furnace is working and begins heating your home, you can check each room for proper distribution of the heat. You can close or open dampers to assist in controlling the amount of heat delivered to each room. Remember: each system has been balanced and inspected to provide maximum efficiency but the reality is, some like a warm room while others prefer a cooler room.

Another feature often overlooked by homeowners is the ceiling fans. During the winter months there is heat at the ceiling of each home since heat rises. By reversing the fan switch you can pull the heat down to living height. Remember: turn the fan to its lowest setting. You don’t want your fan outrunning the lower speed of the furnace fan. This will make you feel cold.

Although it is not related, please be sure to disconnect the water house from all exterior spigots, damage to your home is assured if the lines freeze and its very costly, and easily avoidable. Save that expense for a vacation!