Summer Isn’t Too Early to Think About Your Furnace

While most people are focused on air conditioning at this time of year, it’s a good time for a few summer furnace thoughts too. Your furnace has kept the house comfortable for another long winter. While it’s sitting dormant for the next few months, there are minor furnace-maintenance matters that shouldn’t be neglected. Here are some summer furnace thoughts to keep in mind as the offseason begins.

Keep the furnace enclosure clear and clean.

Flammable items should be kept out of the furnace area. Avoid using it for storage over the summer, as that tends to become a habit all year. Once the unit is in operation again next fall, it could be dangerous. Also, vacuum any dust accumulating around the furnace.

Shut off the gas.

Turn the valve on the furnace gas line 90 degrees to stop all gas flow to the furnace for the summer. If the unit utilizes a pilot light instead of an electronic igniter, shutting off gas for the summer will save about $10 over the summer. Plus, stopping the flow of gas during a season when there’s no use for it is a good safety measure too.

Keep carbon monoxide detectors in your summer furnace thoughts.

They’re vital for winter gas-furnace safety, but also in relation to other gas appliances during the rest of the year.  Push the “Test” button on the face of the unit to verify proper operation. Replace the battery now if you haven’t done so yet this year.

Have any suspected problems checked out now.

If any nagging heating issues from last winter still occupy your summer furnace thoughts, this is a good time to have them checked out by a qualified HVAC technician. Service for furnace problems is usually easier to schedule during the summer, when technicians aren’t swamped with heating-system repairs.

If summer furnace thoughts are on your mind (as they should be), the heating pros at Paitson Bros. will be happy to help. For 98 years, we’ve been your all-season source for both heating and cooling sales and service in the Wabash Valley.

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