Three Things To Do Before Turning Your Heat On For The Winter

thermostatThe days are growing colder, and if your heat is not on yet, you can bet you’ll be turning it on in the next few weeks. Before you reach for that thermostat, there are a few things you’ll want to do to ensure your furnace operates safely and efficiently all winter long.

Have your ducts cleaned.

When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? Many homeowners have never had this done, and if it has been more than three or four years, you’re certainly due for a cleaning. Having your air ducts cleaned does not just keep your indoor air clean. It reduces the dust and debris that builds up in your furnace, allowing it to operate more efficiently. This should lead to lower energy bills and a better life expectancy for your furnace.

Change your air filter.

Your air filter was catching dirt and debris as you ran your air conditioner all summer. You’ve probably had the system off for a few months, so you may not have thought of changing it. Replace the filter with a new one so that as soon as you turn the furnace on, you know the filter is catching dust, pet hair, mold spores, and other debris. It takes a lot of energy for a furnace to push air through a dirty filter, so by starting the winter with a clean one, you’re taking important strides towards energy efficiency.

Test your carbon monoxide detector.

When your furnace burns natural gas or oil, carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas, is released. If the furnace is vented properly, this gas should be ejected outside. However, furnace malfunctions and breaks in your vent line can cause leaks that become deadly. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working by pressing the “test” button. If it’s been a year or more since you changed the battery, change it to be on the safe side.

Taking the time to prepare your heating system now will save you a lot of headaches later this winter. Contact us to schedule your air duct cleaning or other maintenance in the St. Paul area.