Fall is in full effect in the Granite City area, and many homeowners will turn on their furnace for the first time this season soon. Temps in the 40’s are on the way. But is your furnace ready?
Before you switch on your heat, take some time today to prepare your furnace:
1. Don’t Forget to Switch Your Thermostat to “Heat”
We know some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now, but some homeowners forget to turn their thermostat to the heat setting. If your furnace isn’t on the right setting, the heat will not kick on. So remember to have your thermostat set properly!
2. Make Sure There is Adequate Space Around Your Vents
During the warmer months, it is easy to leave items on or around your vents. Items like toys, furniture, or rugs should be cleared from the vent to ensure good air flow. Items on top of your vents can block the warm air and raise your energy bill.
3. Change Your Furnace Filter
Your filter should be changed as often as once a month to prevent dirt and dust from clogging up your HVAC system. A dirty filter can make your furnace work harder and less efficiently.
4. Test Safety Detectors
Now is a great time of the year to check your smoke alarm as well as your carbon monoxide detector. Thousands of people a year get sick from this tasteless and odorless gas. This is why it is so important to have a functioning CO detector in your home. You can purchase one from The Home Depot online or in stores.
5. Call Energy Stars Heating & Cooling Co for a Furnace Tune- Up
There is always an increase in service calls after the first night of cooler temps. Many reputable local HVAC companies are extremely busy during this time. Get ahead of the curve, and call us now to schedule your furnace or heat pump tune up.
We will inspect and clean your furnace so you have peace of mind this fall and winter. If your furnace needs additional repair, we can let you know sooner rather than later during your tune up.