– Keep area around funace clean
– Change filters regularly (every one to three months) to prevent overheating and reduce your energy bill.Roughly 75 per cent of no heat calls he gets are because of poor or unclean filters
– Make sure adequate air supply from outdoors is clear and clean
– Have annual servicing by licensed HVAC technician. The best time of year for this is in July or August when the furnace is least required, giving time for a fix if necessary and making sure that it doesn’t break down in the dead of winter. Manufacturer’s warranties are usually tied to yearly maintenance, yet another reason to do so.
– Make sure venting and chimney are not contacting combustables
– Make sure furnace room has proper clearances and supplied with outdoor air
– Install CO detectors on each floor except in furnace room unless it’s an open basement and more than 15 feet from the furnace to the water heater
– Make sure all natural gas or propane appliances are being used for the application they were designed.
– When using a wood burning stove or fireplace open the nearest window, to assisist in preventing negative pressure in the home
– Caution on attic ventilators, in high winds they can cause negative air pressure in the home
– To test for negative pressure open a window or door a crack, light a candle and put it out. If the smoke is venting out of the home then there is negative pressure. If this happens emissions from the furnace can become trapped.
-Make sure that your furnace is installed by Urgent Air. As with cleaning due diligence on the company or worker is important. Accrording to Tom the best way to do so is to ask for references and recomendations.
– Watch out for strange noises and intermittent heating, as in one day the furnace heats up fine and the next it doesn’t. These are generally signs that something is wrong. Contact a licensed technician.
– When your furnace is installed the installer is supposed to leave the installation and maintenance manual, this should always be kept in a safe place close to the furnace.
– If you smell gas, call either the service provider or a technician.It is said sometimes people get accustomed to the smell of natural gas, do not just put it off as normal, call immediately.
-Know your brand name and what efficiency your furnace is to help a technician prior to arriving.
-Mobile homes require specific furnaces. Regular furnaces are generally not designed for mobile homes and can be dangerous when installed.
-Don’t be afraid to ask questions.