When should you turn your furnace on for the first time this season? The easy answer is . . . when you want your home to be heated, of course! Your furnace is there to ensure home comfort, and with most of our systems, the transition from AC to heat and back again shouldn’t be cause for any trouble.
Let’s face it, weather in the Kitchener-Waterloo area can be tricky. Although the temperature may be in a downward trend, there are spikes of warm days scattered throughout October. Just when you think it’s time to turn off your AC for good and start using your furnace, there seems to always be one more hot day. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind before you decide to start relying on your furnace for the rest of the year.
Make Sure Your Equipment Is Up To The Task
When you turn on your furnace for the first time in autumn, the heating system hasn’t been fired in months, meaning it could have its own set of issues. Before you turn on your furnace, make sure that you’ve checked the filter and you’ve gone through any recommended fall startup tasks. If you haven’t had preventative annual maintenance performed on your furnace in a while, this would be a good time to make those arrangements. Since we’re usually dealing with a gas appliance, it’s best to have this done both for peace of mind and to optimize the performance and safety of the unit.
The Right Temperature
Achieving the right temperature in your home through a transitional season may mean using the AC during the day and the furnace at night. A great way to take the stress associated with turning on and off your furnace away is to check to see if you have an AUTO setting on your thermostat. There will be a “Deadband” between the heating and cooling settings, usually of a few degrees, so that the thermostat doesn’t try to both heat and cool at the same time.
However, it’s important that you don’t forget to take the thermostat off of the AUTO setting once your AC has been shut down for the winter. You don’t want the AC starting up again until it’s been checked over and approved for operation for next spring.
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