Small things you can do to keep your HVAC system running well.
The first day of fall is only a week away. Do you know if your heating system is running properly? It’s a frustrating feeling to turn on your heating system and not be greeted by warm air.
Don’t despair! The fix may be simpler than you think. Before you get a contractor on the phone, here are a couple of things you can try to see if they are causing your heating issue.
Ask yourself the following questions…
Is my thermostat set to the correct temperature? If you’ve set your thermostat to 70°F, and its 72°F outside, your heating system is not going to kick on – it doesn’t need to. Make sure that if your home feels too cool, you set your thermostat at a temperature above the temperature of your home and the temperature outside.
Is your gas turned on? If your furnace is the only thing that operates with gas, and you are new to your home, you may have forgotten to have your gas turned on. If this is the case, call up your local gas provider.
Is electricity making its way to the unit? Has a circuit been tripped? If so, your heat pump or furnace may not be receiving power.
Is my thermostat in the correct mode? If you’ve changed the temperature, but not the mode on your thermostat, you will not receive the correct temperature air. So, make sure if you need heat, your thermostat is set to heating mode.
Have I changed my furnace filter recently? Poor airflow could be killing efficiency and performance. Make sure you remember to change your furnace filter before the beginning of the heating and cooling season at the very least! Remember, every home is different. For example, if an allergy sufferer lives in your home, or if you have pets, you may need to change your filter up to once a month.
These are simple things you can do to get up and running. HOWEVER, if these do not work… DO NOT attempt to service your furnace by yourself. DIY is appropriate for many things, but servicing, installing or maintaining your heating and air conditioning equipment is not one of them! Always call a professional if it seems like the problem with your HVAC equipment is more complicated.