While it’s a time to rejoice that going outside soon is no longer a brutal experience, it’s also important to remember that sooner than later our furnaces will be called upon. Oh, that distinctive smell that we all know that’s only made by a furnace awakening from an 8-month slumber…
You’re supposed to have your HVAC serviced both in the spring and fall. While most people do their servicing in the spring to ensure they won’t sweat to death should their HVAC fail, it’s even more important for safety purposes to service it in the fall. There is no substitute for a qualified technician, but there are some items you yourself can cover.
What you can do:
– Clean the condenser coils on your outside unit. A hose with decent water pressure can ensure your coils stay clean and unobstructed, and can greatly help your systems efficiency.
– Examine your pilot light. This may or may not require you to remove your front panel (you can do it, I promise). If your pilot light has a steady blue flame, you’re in great shape. If you see yellow, orange, or it’s flickering, call your service professional.
– Smell for gas leaks. If you detect gas, turn off the gas line to your furnace (the valve should be near the system) and call your service professional immediately.
– Replace Your Filter Regularly. This can’t be stated enough. You can tell a lot about how a homeowner cares about his or her home by checking the filter. You should change it at least once every two months. If you don’t mind spending a little more money on the front end, you could always buy a reusable, electrostatic filter.