As we start to see the weather get warmer and warmer, most of us are starting to look forward to the fun that summer brings with it. In the excitement of springtime, many people forget that they need to shut down their furnace for the rest of the year. This is an important, but sometimes forgotten, step that can help to extend the life of your heating system. Hal Mechanical is here to walk you through the process of ensuring your furnace is shut down properly after the winter season.
When Should You Turn Off Your Furnace?
If you haven’t ever shut down your furnace at the end of the winter season, you wouldn’t be alone. Many people forget or don’t know that this is an important step that they should be taking to care for an maintain their furnace properly. If you have an electric furnace and leave it on, you will be paying for a furnace that you aren’t using during the spring and summer. When you have a natural gas furnace, it has a pilot light that needs natural gas to stay lit. This natural gas can end up costing you as well.
Clean Up Area Around Furnace
Even though you won’t be using your furnace during the spring and summer months, you need to keep the area around the furnace cleaned up. You should go ahead and sweep this area to get rid of any excess dirt and dust that could still find its way into your HVAC system. If you store other items inside your mechanical room, make sure they are at least 2 feet away from the furnace.
Inspect Air Registers
You might not be using the heat for the next little while, but you will be using the air conditioner to keep cool this summer. Make sure the registers are free from dirt and debris that can often build up over the winter months. This will increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. When you system has the right air intake, you will spend less to keep your home comfortable.
Schedule AC Tune Up Maintenance
Once you have switched your furnace off and are getting ready to turn your AC on, you need to have a regular AC maintenance appointment scheduled to make sure your AC system is up to the task of keeping you cool all summer long. At Hal Mechanical, we have the training and experience needed to ensure your furnace is taken care of at the end of the winter and your AC system is ready to take over. We will give it a close inspection to make sure it is working well, and no parts need to be replaced to achieve optimal efficiency this summer.