It’s Getting Chilly!
Oh baby, it’s cold outside! The really unfortunate thing though is that for the past week or so it has been far colder inside of our house. We decided to kick on the furnace last week as the temperatures were dropping. I heard the clicks, smelt that “first run of the season” furnace smell, and heard the heater kick on. Then I went to bed. I can’t remember what I started out dreaming, but eventually my dreams turned to things like ice cream, eventually followed by sledding and snow angels, but then my dream turned in to a nightmare of being stranded in a blizzard and slowly freezing to death. I woke up with a shiver. And then I couldn’t stop shivering. It was FREEZING in our house. I went and checked the thermostat, the little red line was down as low as it cold go, though I had set it for 68dgs.
It has been a battle to stay warm since then. I could tell the furnace was working, kind of. It would kick on if I would jiggle the knob, but the air wasn’t ever very warm. We eventually checked the furnace filter and it. was. dis. gust. ing. No wonder our house was freezing, the furnace couldn’t intake any air! Yesterday we changed the filter and today I am typing without my snow gloves on, it’s a beautiful thing.
Tips for Operating Your Furnace
I am always good about changing my vent filters, but never even thought about the furnace filter till now. As we are approaching colder weather, we thought we would share a couple furnace maintenance tips with you. This tips will ensure your family stays warm and safe, all while reducing your energy consumption and saving you money.
- Change your furnace filter every six months (whoopsie!)
- Have an annual inspection done
- Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace or boiler
- Install ducting to bring outside air directly into the burner
- Keep your furnace room clean and uncluttered
- Consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient furnace or boiler
- If your furnace is gas-fired, keep your pilot light burning all year long
- Do not store flammable liquids or materials in your furnace room
- Test your heating system in the early fall
- Try keeping your thermostat at 68dgs. Each degree you keep it above 68 will raise your heating bill by 3%!
- Lower the temperature on your thermostat by 10 dgs when no one is home
- Make sure your thermostat is not being hit by direct sunlight or any other heat source
- Close doors to rooms on outside walls without thermostats that aren’t being used
- Check that your thermostats are mounted level horizontally
- Clean your thermostats regularly (remove cover and clean dust)
- Check the temperature calibration of your thermostat, and adjust if necessary