Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter
We always rely on our furnace in the winter, whether we know we are or not. To ensure that your furnace doesn’t catch you off guard you with any halts or issues for the rest of the winter, inspect that you are up to date with annual furnace maintenance. In addition to these annual tune-ups, there are a few straightforward tests that you can make yourself on your furnace system and lower the possibilities of emergency furnace repair, such as:
- Checking your thermostat - your furnace problems could be as straightforward as worn-out batteries in your thermostat. While your system will usually give you a month’s notice before the battery dies, it’s not hard to miss the beep or light signal. If you check and your batteries are fine, make sure that your thermostat is turned to “heat” instead of “cool.” It can also be easy to not recall to change this setting in between seasons, and you never know who’s been touching your thermostat. Still no luck? You may have to change your fan setting to “on” rather than “auto.” This will keep your fan propelling air, regardless if your furnace is heating. But bear in mind if you make this switch, you must also remember to…
- Change your air filters - furnace troubles are usually caused by dirty filters-- from the dust and particles that accumulate on your filter. This can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to and can even emit a foul, burnt smell when turned on. Changing your furnace filters are the simplest way keep your furnace working well.
- Keeping your air vents open – 1.many people think that shutting vents to vacant rooms is wise and it sounds like it would save you money. But sealing off vents often pushes your system to work harder and can cause injury on your furnace. Temperatures in heated rooms will seep into other unheated rooms through interior, uninsulated walls and generate an imbalance in the comfort of your home.
By following these straightforward tricks and keeping up with your planned furnace service, your furnace should function easily and efficiently all through the season. If you haven’t booked your furnace tune-up yet for this year, give our professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas a call at 703-260-1148.