If you haven't inspected your home for the fall and winter heating season
yet, now is the time. You do'’t want to be out of luck when you go
to fire up your furnace on that first cold day. Also, if there are problems
and you need to have a furnace technician come out you will have a much
longer wait if you hold off until the thick of the heating season.
So, here are a few tips to help you stay warm and save a few bucks this
- Check caulking/glaze on windows & doors.
- Clean dust/dirt off of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
- Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Change furnace filter.
- Turn your heating system on now to ensure that it is in proper working
- Keep the area around your furnace clear of boxes and other junk that
you might have piled up during the non-heating months.
- Always keep the burner area of your furnace clear of obstructions.
- Inspect your vent pipe (you know, the one that goes to the chimney)
for any possible leaks or corrosion. If major corrosion is present, you
need to replace the entire vent pipe.
- Fire up your furnace and inspect the flame. It should be a nice blue
hue. Anything else such as a yellowish flame means you should call a technician
and have them clean and test the entire furnace.
- The first time you fire up your furnace this year you will most likely
notice a funny dust-like smell. That is just the dust burning off from
the combustion chamber. You also should make sure that your furnace filter
is clean since that could cause the same dusty smell.
- Any odor that does not go away after a short time or the smell of gas
means you have a serious problem and should shut the furnace and fuel
line down. Then, call a technician and have the furnace professionally
- Also, when first running your furnace it might be a good idea to have
some windows open and have anyone with allergies leave the house for a
- Check your venting system for blockages from insect or small animal
- Install an electronic thermostat that allows you to program it. This
WILL save you money.
- Check your furnace filters once a month minimum. During heating/cooling
season it is best to check it twice per month.
- Insulate. Insulate. Insulate.