That moment you turn off your furnace for good, open the windows and let that fresh spring air in is always a happy one. Who doesn’t love summer? Forget cozying up, it’s time to get outside!
But you can’t totally forget about your furnace all summer long. That is a large, powerful and complex machine in your home. Make sure you take care of it to ensure its continued utility, efficiency and effectiveness. Don’t worry, you won’t need any special equipment or a lot of time, but these quick tips will save you headaches and money!
Shutting Off Your Furnace Over The Summer
Once the weather turns warm for long enough to no longer require your furnace, ensure it is turned off properly. Turn off the pilot, especially in older furnaces. This will save you from spending any money on unused gas in the furnace. You may also want to use this as an opportunity to change your filter, which will also help your air conditioner run more efficiently.
Evaluate Your Furnace’s Performance
How effectively did your furnace heat your home this winter? Were there any noticeable issues in performance? If you think you need your furnace serviced or repaired, spring or fall is the ideal time to do so because furnace experts are less likely to be busy. This will ensure your furnace is serviced faster and that it is at full capacity when you truly need it after the weather turns.
Do You Need To Replace Your Furnace?
If your furnace is not operating at full capacity, or efficiency, and you’ve done all you could through maintenance, you may want to consider replacement. Replacing your furnace in spring or fall is recommended because there may be better prices and it will ensure your furnace is ready for the first cold blast of the year. Sorry for the reminder, but winter will come again!
It is good to get outside and enjoy the warm summer days, but don’t forget about your furnace altogether. With just a little bit of attention, you can ensure it remains safe, functional and ready to do its job again come winter!