So you are having fun this summer, postponing those repairs especially for your heating system. Now remember that winter is just around the corner which means that you need to do something urgently about the repair. Well, you need to make a preseason heater check your priority today. In fact, it would be a good step for you to call in an expert to perform complete inspection and tuneup your heating system before you fire it up for the cold days coming ahead.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the major killers across the country, killing 1,500 people each year. The main source of this dangerous gas has been identified by forensic experts to be faulty heating systems. So, it is up to you to make sure that your family is safe this winter period by getting your heating system checked before winter begins.
What if the cold nights creep up on you before you have your system inspected by a professional? Well, what you need to do is check some of the essential components of your unit before you fire it up. Check out the thermostat first and set the differential — the difference between the temperature that you have set and the actual temperature that your furnace will actually turn on or off.
Another essential step is for you to change your air filter. During summer, it is very dusty and hot, meaning that this component must have been overworked the whole season. If your filter is clogged, then it is at a high risk of getting damaged which can potentially reduce the performance of the whole unit.
You will also pay more every month because your system will use more energy to pull air through a clogged filter. This is why you need a replacement filter just before you fire it up.
If you had installed carbon monoxide detectors sometime back, this is the time to test whether they function or not. If they are faulty, check whether the batteries are still functional. After replacing the batteries, test to see whether the detector works properly. If it doesn’t, then you need to replace it. Do not base your decision on luck to detect the gas, because it is colorless and odorless, which means that by the time you detect it, it may be too late.
The final step is for you to test whether your furnace works properly. Switch it on and turn the thermostats on. Turn the temperature up and leave it for a few hours to see whether it will warm your home the way you desire. If you sense that there is anything amiss, call in an expert to perform a routine heating maintenance on your system.