Published on March 16th, 2022
With spring in the air and warm weather upon us, it’s almost time to shut your heating off for the winter. Make sure your system is ready to be turned off with these tips! If you’re not sure how to do something or aren’t sure when you should turn your heat off in the spring, our team is more than glad to help and answer any questions you may have.
Shut Off Gas Supply
If you have a gas furnace, this is an important step to take so that you can save money. Keeping the pilot light lit year-round will cost you around $50, which can be saved by simply turning the pilot light off. To do so, simply turn the valve that supplies the gas to your furnace. If you don’t know how to do this, our HVAC technicians would be glad to assist you.
Having a clean, dirt-free filter in your heating system is vital. You may forget to switch it or clean it when you turn the system back on come fall, so it’s best to get it out of the way now. Some heating systems even use the same filter as the cooling system, so if yours are combined, then it’s extra important to remember to change it out or clean it. Having a dirty air filter not only damages your systems and increases your energy bills, but precents you from breathing clean, healthy air.
Make Sure the Area is Clean
The area around your furnace should be kept clean. When the space surrounding your furnace is dirty, or contains dust, debris, belongings, or any other materials it poses a huge fire hazard. Aside from this, when it’s messy or dirty around the furnace it will constrict proper airflow, which will keep the furnace from running at peak performance. Any items should be kept at least 2 feet away from your furnace system, and the space should be dusted and vacuumed regularly.
As you turn the heat off, the thermostat setting should be switched from “heating” to “off”. Forgetting to switch it to the right setting will add unnecessary costs to your bill and may confuse your system. Once you’re ready to turn on your air conditioning, you should switch the setting to “cool”. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure to switch the temperature settings over as well.
Consider if Your System Was Efficient
After winter is over, reflect on if your heating system was sufficient enough to keep you warm over the winter. Consider if it caused any issues, if the heating could have been stronger, if your energy bills throughout winter were higher than usual, or if you experienced any other problems with it. If you did experience issues, you may want to consider getting a free in-home estimate for a furnace replacement to prepare for the following winter.
Give Our Team a Call
Ensuring your HVAC is working properly year-round is a job for the team at Blue Frost. Our skilled technicians are dedicated to your comfort and safety in your residential and commercial spaces. For any assistance relating to your heating, cooling, or air quality, contact the Blue Frost Team today!