Customers often ask us this question and the simple answer is, yes, your furnace should be maintained annually. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Technicians will not only clean, but also inspect the furnace for safe operation. They will test numerous furnace components and recommend replacing any that may fail in the near future. This is called preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance will save you time and money in the long run. There are usually coupons or promotions that make this annual maintenance affordable and far less expensive that a service call on a cold snowy night.
Have you thought about installing a humidifier to your furnace? It’s a great way to increase moisture and humidity in your home during these next few dry winter months. Contact us to find out more.
The Barrie Fire & Emergency Service suggest to have at least one carbon monoxide detector adjacent to the sleeping area within your home. If your home has sleeping areas on several levels then more than one should be installed. Find Out More
Before winter comes upon us, make sure you contact either our Barrie or Wasaga Beach furnace specialists to have someone come inspect your furnace. The last thing any family wants is the snow to come, only to find out their furnace is not working correctly.
With autumn rolling by, there’s no doubt that winter will creep up on us when we least expect it. Perhaps you enjoy winter – tobogganing, building a snowman with your kids, skiing and snowboarding – but we can all agree that nothing beats coming inside to a well heated home after some time in the snow. What if your furnace stops working altogether? Before you panic and start putting on your snow pants & scarf and gathering wood for a fire in your living room, there is a bit of troubleshooting you can do. More often than not, furnaces can stop working for something as simple as a switch in the off position, and for simple problems – there are simple solutions.
1) Locate both the power switch and the breaker to ensure they are on. A breaker that has been tripped will be toggled in between the on and the off position. The power switch generally looks like your everyday household light switch but is usually mounted higher, so locate that as well and ensure it is in the on position.
2) Check to see if your furnace’s filter is clogged. A clogged filter in your furnace will not only limit air flow, but can cause your unit to overheat and shut down. It is highly recommended that you change your filter every 1-3 months, just to be on the safe side.
3) Make sure there’s no snow blocking the exhaust or intake vents outside. While the heat of the exhaust from the vent often melts the snow and ice in its immediate area, a buildup of snow around the venting can cause safety controls to shut down the unit.
4) Often times, a lack of heating can be caused by an incorrect setting on your thermostat. Check your thermostat for the following things:
- Is your thermostat set to “heat?”
- Have you set the temperature at least 5 degrees above your set room temperature?
- Do you have an electric thermostat? If so, it may be as simple as changing the batteries.
Hopefully by now, you will have figured out the issue and regained the heat and comfort of your home. If these troubleshooting methods didn’t work, then it’s time to give Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling a call at (705) 503-HEAT (4328) for our Barrie office, and (705) 352-COOL (2665) for our Wasaga Beach location.
Air can seep out of your home in many spots including chimney gaps, around windows or doors, small leaks around where utilities enter your home (dryer vents etc). Take some time this fall to seal up these leaks or gaps with caulking or other sealing tools. This will save on both furnace and air conditioning costs.
As we’ve stated many times before, it is good to have your furnace and/or air conditioner inspected & serviced at least once a year. So if you don’t remember the last time you had someone in, perhaps now is a good time!
Don’t overcrowd your furnace, you want to make sure you can access the air filters regularly for cleaning or replacing, as well as access to the coil so you can have someone clean it every couple of years.
- Program your thermostat
A programmable thermostat is great, especially in these cold winter months. You can program your furnace to run at specific times, that way you are not spending money on heating your home when you are not there, and you can guarantee that your home is warm for when you return home.
- Use your ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are not just to cool down a hot room in the summer, but to circulate air in a room through any season. If you use your fans in reverse motion, they do a great job of circulating the warm air throughout your home, cutting down on your furnaces work.
- Unblock heating vents
Turning the furnace up should not be your first instinct. If you’re noticing that the area you are in is colder than the rest of the house, go around and make sure all your heating vents are clear and that there is nothing blocking them. It can be anything from clothes on top of a vent to a dresser too close to the vent, blocking or containing the heat.
- Fix Leaks and Drafts
Are there spots throughout your home that cold air is finding it’s way in? This can be a tedious job if you don’t know where these spots are already, although you can have a professional in to test this for you. The most common places to look at around doors & door frames, windows, openings to attics, and even in some older homes it has been known to come through under trim that is on an outside wall at ground level.
- Repair Air Ducts
The duct work in your home can become damaged or ripped. If your duct work is easy to get to, inspect it to see if there is any patch jobs or repairs that need to be made. If there are damages in your air ducts, it may be causing heat to escape.
- Furnace Upkeep
Continually doing maintenance and upkeep on your furnace helps it to run more efficiently and increase its life expectancy. In turn, this will save you money on your heating bill and put less pressure on your furnace.
We at Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling can assist with most of these furnace and heating solutions. Feel free to give us a call as we would be more than happy to help, keeping your family comfortable.
If your home has heating duct dampers, it is important that if you close one damper that you in turn make sure another is open. This way you refrain from putting too much pressure on your furnace.