It’s that time of year when we start thinking about turning on the heat, and if you are like me each year you try to hold out till the last possible second, forcing family into bundling up, until the complaints grow to their apex, and then I reluctantly flip the switch. This whole production is for the belief that I’m gaining a small victory over the gas company. Even though
I do not want to run the furnace full time I take this opportunity to run thorough a quick checklist so that when the time comes my family is not stuck in the cold, making them more furious with me than they already are. During this check you should be able to identify if a professional needs to be engaged, and because you are checking now, will not have to panic to schedule an appointment. First I check the filter, making sure that it is clean and free of obstructions. Air flow is very important to the efficiency of your furnace. Next, turn on the furnace, I know what you’re thinking, but after a long summer I want to make sure that things are working. I have the furnace run, and proceed with inspecting returns and feeds to test for heat and airflow. I make sure to let the heat run through a cycle, and once satisfied, I shut it down until I’m on the verge of being forced to sleep on the couch. Last I try to remember the draft spots from last year and see what can be done to remedy those issues. Spray foam, caulk, and pieces of insulation are usually adequate fixes. These easy steps can help insure that when the time comes to fire up the furnace you are prepared.
Written by Eric Rickert