If you’re like most people, you turn your furnace on when the weather starts cooling off in St. Johns, FL, without much thought. However, there are some things you should do before turning it on for the season. That way, you’ll make sure that it operates effectively and efficiently when you need it most.
Change Your Air Filter
The first thing you should do is check your air filter. To keep your system running optimally, you need to change your filters every 30 days for regular fiberglass filters and every 60 to 90 days for extended-life filters.
Changing your filter before you start running your furnace assures plenty of airflow for the system to work optimally. Clogged filters are a common cause for reduced heating efficiency and additional strain on the entire system.
Replace Your Thermostat Batteries
Your thermostat needs to work optimally for your furnace to operate well. You should change your batteries twice a year to ensure there are no problems. The best time to remember to do this is when switching from heating to cooling and back again.
Call for Professional Maintenance
Your system needs regular maintenance to continue operating optimally. A service technician cleans and inspects your system during these furnace maintenance visits.
They also ensure your motor mounts are tight and there are no signs of electrical overheating. This includes checking wiring, the electrical components, and mounting screws and bolts.
Check Your Detectors
Before lighting your furnace for the first time each season, you should check to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. You should actually check these about once a month, but certainly before the start of the season. Some wear or damage to your furnace increases the risk of carbon monoxide leaking into your home, causing health concerns.
Should your maintenance visit uncover some components needing repair, be sure to schedule them early in the season. Doing so avoids costly emergency visits, putting extra strain on your system. Scheduling a repair also means you won’t have to wait during the busy cold months to get your system repaired.
Doing these simple tasks before turning your furnace on for the first time this season will help ensure it works efficiently all winter long. Call Cool Connections, Inc. to schedule your furnace repair today.
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