What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

It’s time for your AC to pass the baton to your furnace in the relay race that determines your comfort. Since the furnace has been inactive for a few months, there are a few things you should do before turning it on ahead of the colder months.

1. Inspect your Heating System

Go around your home and check for the following potential trouble areas:

  • Buildup of residue on furnace
  • Loose duct connections
  • Wear on blower belt
  • Problems with chimney vent
  • Insulation issues

2. Change Air Filters and Clean Air Ducts

Although you should be changing your air filters approximately every three months, you should consider replacing them before you start up your furnace for the season. Removing debris from air ducts will ensure proper airflow, which will make your HVAC system more efficient and keep your indoor air clean and healthy. If you want to avoid the hassle of cleaning the ducts yourself, don’t hesitate to have a professional perform the task for you.

3. Check the Vents

Vents are one of the most common areas where debris will build up and block airflow. Check to see that the vents are clear, and be sure to wipe them down to remove any blockage-causing rubbish and residue.

4. Use a Vacuum on Accessible Areas

A vacuum can be a useful tool for removing debris and contaminants from any areas of the furnace that you can get to. Keeping these particles from getting into the furnace will ensure that they won’t pollute the air circulating in your home.

5. Think About Installing a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that’s undetectable by human senses and has been known to cause severe health issues that can even be fatal. A carbon monoxide detector provides a layer of protection for you and your loved ones so that you can sleep easy knowing your house is safe.

If you’re interested in installing a carbon monoxide detector or having a routine inspection performed on your HVAC system, contact Wellmann Heating & Air, Inc in Lincoln today. Our NATE-certified technicians also provide air conditioning and heating installation and repair services.

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