It’s almost time to turn on the furnace in your home as temperatures turn cooler in Cincinnati during the autumn months. As you fire up your furnace for the first time this fall, you’ll probably run the furnace for a few hours to get rid of that annoying burning smell. The smell occurs when the heat incinerates any dust that accumulated on the heating coils or burners. Believe it or not, you can prevent the burning smell. Discover how with these furnace safety tips from Air Authority.
Excessive dust build-up reduces the efficiency of your furnace. Less efficiency in your furnace means it works harder, and the unit may get hotter to maintain the same level of warmth. Prevent dust accumulation by replacing the air filter on your furnace every one to three months for the best results. Air Authority can teach you how to change the air filter and determine what type of air filtration works best for you. Good air filters may improve your indoor air quality.
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Your furnace works most efficiently when air flows normally through the system. Maintain a clear space around your furnace, and replace the air filter regularly. You may feel tempted to close some of the registers or vents to reduce your heating costs. We recommend keeping 80 percent (eight of 10) of your vents open to prevent heat build-up. Keep the open registers free from dust, lint, and pet hair by vacuuming them out at least once per month. Ask Air Authority for tips about your registers and air vents.
Your furnace generates a lot of heat to distribute throughout your home, either through electricity or burning natural gas or propane. That’s why it’s important to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once per month to make sure they work correctly. If they’re not working, replace the batteries and test them again. Air Authority can recommend top-notch detectors for your home.
Hire Air Authority for all of your heating and cooling needs in Greater Cincinnati. Our service agreement includes complete HVAC system inspections in the spring and fall. Regular inspections give you peace of mind because you know your air conditioning and furnace are in top shape. Contact Air Authority or call (513) 229-0789 for more details.