One of the last appliances you likely think of in the summer is your furnace, especially when the temperatures climb as summer wears on. Just because you don't use your furnace doesn't mean you shouldn't take care of it so it's ready for winter. Here are 5 things you shouldn't ignore about your furnace just because it's summer.
Just like you have to regularly change or clean the filters on your air conditioning unit, the same needs to be done with your furnace, even when it is not in use. The reason for this is simple: air circulating around your home in the summer is chock full of dander, pollen, hair, and other contaminants that gathers in your air filters. If you don't want to notice these annoyances in air quality when the weather cools and you begin using your furnace again, have a furnace contractor remove and replace your current filters for you in late summer.
Check to make sure your furnace still works after months of no use by turning your thermostat to its heating position and listening to make sure it clicks on. You will also want to check your breaker panel to make sure the breaker that controls your furnace is clicked on. This way, when winter comes you won't be left scratching your head wondering why your furnace won't click on when you really want it to. If your furnace isn't working in the summer months, your pilot light or other connecting issue may be to blame, and a furnace contractor can locate the problem and repair it for you.
You want to keep your furnace insulated in the summer months so you don't lose cool energy via any vents or openings in the furnace storage area. Insulate your furnace by placing large sheets of plastic over your furnace and any vents. This allows the cool air you receive from your air conditioner in the summer to flow through your home and not get lost in your furnace area.
Your furnace contractor can inspect your furnace in the summer months to ensure that it is in healthy condition to kick back on once the weather gets cool again. If you have any concerns with your furnace in general, it's best to have the unit inspected prior to winter so you can safely use your furnace right away as soon as you need to make your home warm again.