Like the holiday song says: The weather outside may be “frightful” but if your heater suddenly stops working, your home may not be as “delightful.” If your ducts, insulation, and pipes could send you a text, they may remind you that it’s time for a furnace tune up. Regularly maintaining the furnace and other parts of your KB home will keep it running smoothly, no matter the weather.
Here area a few simple steps on giving your heating system a personal tune-up to keep all your family members comfortable this winter.
1. Check your Ducts.
Turn off your furnace and fuel and visually check your venting ducts. You want to see them well sealed and in good condition. The joints connecting each duct should be tight with a minimum of 3 metal screws. Also, Check the screens of your air intake and clean as needed.
2. Check your Filter.
Find the slot in the air handling area of your furnace and remove and inspect the filter. It’s a good idea to replace your filter at the beginning of the cold season and typically every 3-4 months depending on the filter.
3. Check for Carbon Monoxide.
Turn your furnace back on and test it. Use a carbon monoxide meter to test for carbon monoxide levels and to ensure your furnace is burning clean. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm inside your home is a great way to be alerted of potentially dangerous gas levels in your living space. Be sure and keep the space around your heater unobstructed and clean for accessibility and safety.
It’s always best to have a professional come at to conduct a deeper inspection of your furnace. However, in-between those times, these three simple steps can keep your home toasty and delightful this winter.
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