September in Ohio is always an exciting month. Football season begins, children go back to school, and fall is near. As the weather starts to cool, you may be opening up windows and enjoying the chilly air. You may even question whether or not you should turn on your furnace when temperatures drop at night. If you are unsure whether or not you should turn on your furnace, check out some basic tips below from Rick’s Heating & Cooling.
After your furnace has been sitting for almost six months, you shouldn’t just turn on your system. To assure your system is safe and running efficiently, there are several items you need to check before you turn it on.
- Check your furnace filter to make sure it is clean and ready for the season. You should replace your filter approximately once per month, especially if you have small children or pets. Changing your air filter will assure clean airflow. Contact your local HVAC contractor if you are unsure how to replace your filters.
- Check your thermostat to make sure your settings are changed from cool to heat.
- Make sure your vents are open and no rugs, furniture, or other obstacles are preventing proper airflow from your vents.
- Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can build up over time. Keep your family safe by testing these alarms several times per year.
- Schedule a furnace inspection or tune-up by a licensed HVAC professional. This will assure your heating system is safe, working correctly, and operating efficiently. Scheduling service with a professional will also help prevent future breakdowns and a longer life for your HVAC unit.
Is it Cold Enough to Turn on My Furnace?
Once you have had an HVAC contractor inspect your furnace and you have ensured your heating system is ready for the season, you can safely turn on your furnace. If you are unsure if it is cold enough for your heater, it is all based on preference. Some families prefer a warmer home while some prefer a cool home.
We suggest you set your thermostat at a temperature that is comfortable for you and your family. Then, if temperatures drop at night, you can assure you will wake up in a warm, cozy home.
Contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling before You Turn on Your Heater
Before the temperatures drop this fall in southwestern Ohio, it is best to contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for a heating tune-up and inspection.
Located in Morrow, we proudly serve homes in the following counties: Warren, Butler, Hamilton, Clermont, Clinton, and the extended areas.