It's the first day of Fall. Unfortunately, summer is officially over and it is time to think about your heating system before the cold weather blows in. This is the perfect time to perform an annual furnace inspection to protect your family and your equipment in the coming months.
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- Begin with your air filter; these filters can collect dust and debris quickly, so it is important to replace your air filters every month. This task is simple and easy to do and it is key to keep your furnace clear of debris and running properly.
- It is also a smart idea to start your furnace early. You do not want to learn that your furnace is not working when you actually need it. Since it’s been warm outside the past few months, something might have malfunctioned with your furnace. If your furnace is 15 years or older, you may want to consider replacing it. Older furnaces may only use 60% of the available heat to warm your house. Newer ones are 94% efficient and can save you money on your energy bill each month.
- Cleaning your air ducts and vents are another mindless task that can make all the difference in the air flow of your home. Clean the vents and ducts around your home by removing the vent covers and by using the extension hose of your vacuum cleaner, all the debris should vanish.
- Keeping all vents around your home is important for air flow and cost efficiency. It does not save you money if you close air vents in a selected few rooms that you are not using, this just makes the other open air vents work harder to circulate and warm up the rooms that the vents are closed in. If your home has floor vents, make sure that nothing is covering or blocking that vent from getting the air out.
- Check your outdoor exhaust flue to see if there is anything in the way. You may find an animal nest or plant covering it. Also, many people store summer items next to their furnace which can be a safety hazard. If you have anything flammable such as a lawnmower, weed-eaters, or gas cans surrounding your furnace, you should promptly move it away from your furnace before you begin to run it.
- This may sound like a no-brainer but make sure that your thermostat is set to its heating mode. Your furnace will not activate if you set your thermostat above room temperature and it is still on air conditioning mode.
- It is also be a good idea to have a professional come out and tune up or check your furnace. You may find that you need another furnace or your old one fixed.
Maintaining your home's furnace helps extend the life or your equipment. So perform a furnace check early, before it’s too late!
At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a full line of traditional gas furnaces, variable speed furnaces and heat pumps and humidifiers. We also have highly effective media air cleaners that help remove particles from the air measuring just 1/24,000 of an inch.
Our sales, service and installation teams are specially-trained in the design and installation of heating systems. They can help you determine which system is right for your home. We also offer easy financing options to make easy to afford a new system.
We sell and service all makes and models.