3 Important and Easy Steps to Starting up your Furnace

Yes, it is that time of year again; time to fire up those pesky furnaces and heat up the household! Now, before you go grudgingly saying curse words under your breath towards Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning, understand that we all have furnaces to start up and pay for too! We definitely are not looking forward to seeing our next utility bill come in the mail, with the increased energy bar graph for October and then November. This being said, here are 3 important steps that can lower your utility bill more than it would normally be and some preparation on how to avoid any costly maintenance repairs.

1. Preparation Cleaning

The airflow in your furnace room and throughout your venting system is key and maybe over the course of the summer this airflow has been disrupted due to storage or movement of objects. Please clear out approximately 2 to 3 feet of space around your unit and vents for maximum airflow which will increase the efficiency. Check the area for dust, dirt, debris and pet hair. As long as the furnace is shut off, don’t be afraid to take a vacuum or broom to the unit and give it a good cleaning. Taking the front panel off and using the vacuum is also another great way to find the dust particles that are costing you additional money. Inspect the unit for mold or rust, which can form over the humid months, or in which you may have condensation problems. Indoor air quality is very important for the safety of your family.

2. Filter Cleaning or Replacement

If your filter is clogged your machine is running inefficiently, thus costing you more money. When your furnace is trying to push air through a clogged filter it has to work harder which can lead to breakdowns. If you have a replaceable filter swap it out and if you have a permanent filter make sure to clean it on a regular basis. Recommended 1 to 3 months for both kinds of filters. Tip for permanent filters – if I can, I will take it outside and sweep it off first then clean the rest of the debris off in a sink.

3. Ignition Sequence Start … 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 … All engines running. Liftoff! We have a liftoff …

Now, hopefully we have prevented a lift off when it comes to the final stage of starting your furnace. With the clean up now in check, the inspection completed and the new or cleaned furnace filter in place, it is time to tackle your thermostat. Set your thermostat to “heat” and to the desired temperature (we recommend increases by 2 degrees at a time) and presto you should feel your heat coming out of the vents. In most cases there will be a little debris burning smell for a few minutes, this is common. If you have a programmable thermostat, see energy saving guidelines here for peak efficiency and lowest cost in our next blog.

We recommend setting your thermostat between 18 to 22 degrees Celsius and 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Any higher or lower and you will be paying more for added heat and additional inefficiency costs.

If you have any questions, concerns or require additional information please feel free to contact us at any of the sources provided. info@hoggmechanical.com, 519.579.5330, Twitter @HoggMechanical, Facebook Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning

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