3 Things You Must Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

Are you excited about the arrival of cool temperatures? Have you been thinking about needing to start your furnace in order to heat your home at night? Even if you hate high temperatures, at some point you will need to turn on your furnace in order to be warm and comfortable in your home. Having a working furnace can be the difference between curling up cozily in front of your TV or with a good book, and shivering while wearing multiple layers inside. As a result, it's important to ensure that your furnace is in good working order before the onset of seriously cold temperatures. Some of the things that you should be doing include:

Cleaning: The older your furnace is, the more necessary an annual furnace cleaning becomes. If your furnace is just a few years old, you may be able to get away with a cleaning every other year or so, but you may want to at least consider having it done on an annual basis. Regular furnace cleaning becomes more necessary as the furnace gets older. If the furnace is more than a decade old, you should definitely get it cleaned and checked out annually. For more information on furnace cleaning, contact a company like Always Ready Repair.

Filters: Did you clean and/or replace your old furnace filters last spring, after shutting down the furnace for the season? Even if you are pretty sure that you did, it's a good idea to check anyway. A dirty filter can cause your furnace to overheat. This can damage your furnace and potentially creating a fire hazard. When it comes to furnaces, it's certainly better to clean and/or replace the filters a little too soon than too late. If you're not sure exactly how often you're supposed to be doing this, ask the technician who comes out to perform your furnace cleaning for assistance.

Clearance: If your furnace is in the basement, you may have stacked things close to the furnace, perhaps even touching it, for storage during warm weather. You should always check your furnace before turning it on to make sure that it has sufficient room. Most furnaces have a sticker or a plaque on them somewhere that states how much clearance they need. In general, this is going to be a minimum of 2-3 feet, but the precise recommended minimum can vary depending on the exact type of furnace you have and where it is located.