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Fire it up!

For many of us, turning on the furnace for the first time can be a little depressing…and a clear indication that the warm weather season has officially come to an end. Thankfully, we’ve had a fairly mild autumn so, and it’s not surprising to learn that many Canadians have not had to fire up the furnace yet. Have You? Regardless of the temperature, taking the time to prepare is a very important step towards comfort and safety this winter. In this week’s post, we’re going to provide you with some very important steps to take to ensure that your furnace is ready to go when the cold weather finally arrives.

Cleaning

  • Before you even consider turning your furnace on for the first time, you should begin by doing some general cleaning. In most homes, furnaces are located in the deepest, darkest corners of our basements. Once you get rid of those creepy spider webs (unless they’re Halloween decorations), check the area for dust, dirt and debris and be sure that the unit is free of mold or rust. Also, be sure to clear any larger items out of the way as you don’t want to interrupt airflow around the unit. In most cases, a little elbow grease is a great start to preparing your furnace for the big test.

Check your filters

  • In some cases, dirty filters can impact the function and efficiency of your furnace. Cleaning or changing your furnace filter on a regular basis not only optimizes performance, it is the best way to ensure good indoor air quality for you and your family. There are an endless number of contaminants which impact indoor air quality and your furnace filter is your first line of defense so be sure to keep it clean. Click here for a short video explaining how to clean your furnace filter.

Start up your furnace

  • Upon completion of the general clean up, inspection and changing of the furnace filters, you’re almost ready for the real test. After a final check, be sure to set your thermostat to ‘Heat’, set the appropriate temperature and you are good to go! That said, even if your furnace fires up and is producing warm air throughout the home, bring in a qualified professional to ensure that the blower and motor are working efficiently and that it’s burning fuel properly. Any cracks or damage to the unit can result in the production of high levels of carbon monoxide gasses which pose serious health risks to you and your family.

How did it go? Did the furnace fire up without issue? If not, check out our How To video above to troubleshoot any potential problems. Good luck!

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Colleen C November 12, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the reminder – we have a house rented out and this was a great reminder to do a quick check up on the furnace and change the filter. The folks renting our house are young and they won’t even think to check any of this.

    • Rich Massingham November 15, 2010, 9:46 am

      Thanks Colleen. Many people don’t take the time to fully prepare. As we know, we sure don’t want any issues with our furnaces once the really cold weather sets in! Thanks for sharing!

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