Ensuring a Safe and Cozy Start to the Heating Season: Tips for Turning On Your Furnace

As we bid farewell to the warm days of summer and welcome the colourful hues of autumn, it’s time to prepare for the cooler weather that lies ahead. For many of us, this means firing up our furnaces for the first time in months. While restarting your furnace might seem like a straightforward task, there are important safety considerations to keep in mind to ensure a warm and hazard-free home during the upcoming heating season.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore key steps and precautions to take when turning on your furnace, as well as valuable insights into carbon monoxide safety, maintenance, and rebates for a worry-free transition into the colder months.

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Safety

One of the most critical aspects of furnace operation is carbon monoxide safety. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced during the incomplete combustion of fuels, such as the natural gas that powers your furnace. Even small amounts of carbon monoxide can be harmful, as it deprives our cells of vital oxygen. Typically, well-maintained furnaces efficiently combust natural gas and expel byproducts outside, ensuring clean indoor air. However, over time, furnaces can develop issues, especially if not serviced regularly or if filters become clogged.

1. Annual Furnace Servicing: It’s advisable to have your furnace serviced by qualified technicians every year. This proactive approach allows experts to identify potential issues before they pose a danger to your family. Based on their assessment, they can recommend necessary repairs or even a complete replacement if required.

2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed on every floor of your home, preferably with backup batteries. Don’t ignore alarms; if they go off, evacuate your house immediately and call the fire department.

3. Filter Maintenance: Regularly change or clean your furnace filters. Filters prevent dust and particles from entering your furnace, ensuring clean air in your home. Clogged filters can obstruct airflow, leading to short cycling of the furnace.

Understanding Burning Smells

Upon turning on your furnace for the first time after a long hiatus, you may notice a metallic burning odor. This is a common occurrence and is the result of dust burning off the heat exchanger, which accumulates during the off-season. Opening your windows to allow for better air circulation can help dissipate the smell.

However, if the odor persists for more than a day or two, it might indicate a more significant issue with your furnace. In such cases, it’s wise to schedule a service appointment for a thorough inspection and necessary repairs.

Special Rebates for Furnace Maintenance

For added peace of mind and savings, FortisBC is currently offering rebates for those seeking to have their gas appliances serviced until December 31, 2023. At Gandy Installations, we’re here to assist you with your furnace repair and maintenance needs, regardless of your furnace’s make or model. Our knowledgeable technicians are well-equipped to quickly diagnose and resolve any hidden issues within your equipment.

If, for any reason, your furnace cannot be repaired or if you’re considering an upgrade, Gandy Installations is offering generous rebates of up to $3,000 for your old heating and cooling equipment through our “Cash for Clunkers” promotion. Don’t miss this opportunity to save while ensuring your home’s comfort and safety.

In Conclusion

Maintaining your furnace is a crucial task that ensures a safe and comfortable home throughout the heating season. By following the recommended steps, you can safeguard your family from potential dangers and enjoy a cozy, worry-free winter.

Schedule a professional furnace service today, install carbon monoxide detectors, and don’t forget to explore the valuable rebates offered by FortisBC and Gandy Installations. Take these steps now to protect your furnace and your home for the colder months ahead.