September 11th, 2018
Now that the weather has started to cool off, your thoughts may be turning to what you’ll need to do around the house to get it ready for the frosty months of winter that are ahead. As you compile all of your to-do’s, don’t forget to add a test of your furnace and home heating system to the list.
While a test of your furnace may not be top of mind as you dig out your boxes of sweaters and replace fun summer décor in favour of autumn styles, it’s one of those things that will give you peace of mind heading in to the colder months and make sure that you catch any problems early enough to fix before temperatures get really low.
Here are a few reasons to fire up your furnace and test things before the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling. Trust us when we say that you’ll be glad you did!
Testing early means you’ll be prepared when the temperature gets colder.
Canadian winters can be harsh, that’s for sure. Not only that, but they are also notoriously unpredictable. Just ask anyone who grew up in Canada about this and you’ll likely hear about memories of snow on the ground and heavy jackets on the kids during that one Halloween when it was insanely cold. Personally, we can recall with vivid clarity one instance a few years ago where we ran our heater and our air conditioner within the same week of September.
The cold weather can arrive pretty quickly once fall arrives, so taking a few minutes to test out your heating system while it is still somewhat warm out means that you’ll avoid the problem of scrambling to get things ready if an unexpected cold front comes around.
Check the thermostat to ensure that the furnace and fans respond when you switch from cool to heat. Move from room to room and place your hand over the vents in different areas of your home to ensure that you’re getting warm air moving throughout.
If something isn’t working right in your furnace, whether it’s not heating up sufficiently or the air flow seems weaker than it should, it’s time to call the pros and arrange for an inspection of your HVAC system. They’ll be able to troubleshoot the exact problem and give you a recommendation on the best course of action to correct it.
It’s easier to get an appointment at your convenience this time of year.
One big advantage to checking your furnace early is that your HVAC professional will probably not be quite as busy when compared to other times of the year, and it should be fast and easy to arrange an appointment for a service call at your convenience. Waiting until the first blizzard arrives or the temperatures plummet in to a deep freeze means that you’ll be competing with everyone else in urgent need of a furnace technician.
Testing your furnace early to identify any problems, and then making arrangements promptly to have a service tech come in and inspect your HVAC system, will ensure that your HVAC equipment does the job you need it to, at the time when you need it most.
If you need to order any parts, they’ll arrive before the snow does.
Once the HVAC tech has completed their inspection of your furnace and tested everything, they’ll provide you a recommendation on what should be done to bring things back to correct working order. In the event that the furnace repairs require any spare parts, you’ll be even more glad that you tested your furnace earlier since you’ll have a buffer of time to get them ordered and installed before things get really cold.
Preventive maintenance pays off in the long run.
You’ve probably heard the old saying ‘an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure’. Well, there is a lot of truth in it, especially when it comes to the care and maintenance of your home. Keeping on top of regular maintenance tasks in your home can save you a lot of hassle down the road and extend the usable life of the appliances in your home, including your furnace and other HVAC equipment.
Catching problems early means that they will cost you the least and make them easier to fix. For this reason alone, we highly recommend you take a few minutes and give your furnace a test in the late summer or early fall. Making sure that everything works the way it should before the snow flies will help relieve the uncertainty and stress of preparing for the coming winter. If you have any questions about getting your home ready for winter or have a problem with any part of your HVAC system, the team here at Gaslink is ready to help.
Contact us today and we’d be glad to answer your questions or arrange for a technician to visit your home.