Ways to Protect Your Furnace Until Next Winter

Ways to Protect Your Furnace Until Next WinterProtect your home and make sure your heating system rests comfortably this summer by taking a few simple steps to shut down your furnace for the season. As the air conditioner takes over the task of keeping the house comfortable, the furnace needs a little attention, too.

You want the transition from heating to cooling to proceed smoothly and ensure that, when it’s time to fire up the furnace again, it will be ready for the winter. You also want to protect your home from safety issues that might arise from leaving the furnace active all summer.

Here’s what to do:

  • Turn off the furnace at the control valve. There’s no benefit to leaving the unit on during the summer months. If your furnace utilizes a pilot light, it also continues to consume a small amount of gas during the hot months — around $12 on average — which is an unnecessary expense.
  • Change the filter. The furnace and air conditioner share a common air filter. Don’t go into the cooling season with a filter dirty and clogged from the winter. During the summer, continue to change the filter monthly.
  • Clean out the furnace closet or enclosure. If unnecessary clutter has accumulated, get the area clear and dust-free for summer.
  • Check the condition of the furnace vent. It’s a critical safety component that exhausts combustion gases to protect your home from toxic carbon monoxide. Visually inspect the vent for leaks at joints. Look at the vent cap or screen where the vent terminates on the roof for any signs that it has been dislodged — bird’s nests constructed in spring may obstruct the vent pipe.
  • Test the carbon monoxide detectors in the house. Most have a “Test” button on the face of the unit to verify proper operation. If the unit is battery-powered, install fresh batteries.
  • Remember to schedule routine seasonal preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC contractor when it’s time to re-start the furnace in the fall.

Paitson Bros. has been on the job in Terre Haute since 1922. To protect your home and keep it comfortable as seasons change, contact us for more information.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about off-season furnace maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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