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Do You Know What to Do With Your Furnace This Summer?

Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 11:00 am

 

Guess what? Spring is officially here, which means that it’s almost time for your air conditioner to have some time in the spotlight! Of course, though, just because Spring has arrived doesn’t mean you can just go off and forget about your furnace — in fact, it’s quite important that you continue to take care of it.

Below, we have provided you with our quick-guide to furnace care during the Spring and Summer months. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and as always, remember to call our team when you need furnace services in Fresno, CA. 

Here’s What You’ve Got to Do

Just follow these simple steps to keep your furnace happy and healthy all summer long:

Step One: Take care of repairs!

Before you shut down your furnace for the year, be sure to take care of any outstanding repairs. We know you might be thinking, “What’s the point?”, however, scheduling your repairs now prevents issues from growing worse and preps your system for the following winter.

Step Two: Consider if there will be a need to turn the furnace on during the summer

Not all homes are built with the same level of insulation, which can be problematic if your home is lacking a sufficient amount to keep your home warm on a chilly night. In some cases, you may find yourself needing to use your furnace, especially on a chilly evening. If this is the case, be sure to program your thermostat so that the furnace only turns on if the temperature drops to around 50 degrees.

Step Three: Shutting down your system

If you’ve decided that you will not be using your furnace at all during the summer, then it is time to shut it down. But, first, you must consider the type of furnace you’re using:

  • Electric furnaces: If you own an electric furnace, there is no need to shut it down, as it will not consume any fuel while it is not in use. Simply stop using it and you won’t have to worry about paying for heat.
  • Natural gas furnace with electric ignition: These types of systems will not use any extra gas over the summer, therefore it is fine to simply stop using the furnace rather than shut it down entirely. The only exception is if you plan to be away from your home for an extended period of time, as it is safer to just shut down any gas appliances you may own.
  • Natural gas furnace: If you own a natural gas furnace that uses a standing pilot light, then we recommend shutting the system down entirely. If you don’t do this, the pilot light will continue to burn, which is definitely a waste of gas and energy. It’s easy to set the system back up to run when fall rolls around!

Need help getting your furnace ready for Spring and Summer? That’s okay! Just be sure to contact the team at California Indoor Comfort Inc. We are always happy to help! 

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