New Braunfels isn’t known for cold, by any means, but it does get chilly during the coldest months of the year. Being prepared for this sudden, often shocking, shift in temperature requires diligence on the part of the homeowner. Check out our steps for firing up your HVAC for heating this year:
Maintaining a Heated Home
Take Care the First Time
While you’ve likely been using your air conditioning for most of the year, firing up a furnace or boiler system for the first time each year is the most tenuous moment. Before you turn on your heat for the first time, ensure you have prepared the following:
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Before turning on any heating system that has been off for a while, take a moment to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in perfect working order. The chances that a carbon monoxide leak could happen within your home when using your heat for the first time are higher than usual, which makes this an unskippable first step.
- Check the air filter – Just before turning on your furnace for the first time, now is a perfect opportunity to check your air filter. The air filter is crucial for efficient flow of air in both heating and air conditioning, meaning that yours could be worn out from a long summer of AC. Our tip for efficient, regular air filter changing is to link it with holidays or events, such as the first time you turn on the heat and AC.
- Plan to be home & awake – Never turn on your heating system for the first time just before leaving or just before bed. Any issues that may arise, however unlikely, will likely need your immediate attention. Things to watch for include lingering smells, any smoke, unusual noises, and (of course) carbon monoxide or smoke detectors sounding off. It is normal for a little burning dust smell from the dust that settled on heating elements, but be alarmed if it persists for multiple hours.
- Check for servicing needs – If your HVAC has not been checked upon since the last time the heat was running, you should absolutely schedule an appointment with our New Braunfels HVAC technicians today; heating elements require regular checkups and maintenance to remain in working order; we recommend at least 1-2 per year, depending on the system.
Even after the first time your system turns on, it is always important to stay up-to-date on maintenance servicing, replacing air filters, and ensuring your family is protected with functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We want your family to remain warm and safe throughout the year with honest HVAC service and repair; you can help that mission by doing your due diligence to ensure that your HVAC is prepared to safely handle the cool winters and brutally hot summers found in New Braunfels.
If you have any questions about firing up your furnace for the first time this year, be sure to reach out to our experienced, professional HVAC technicians today.