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Old 09-19-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Hello, kids! Scroll on down for Today's Tip.


PREPARE YOUR FURNACE FOR WINTER

I received some fall furnace tips in an email from the company I purchased
my furnace from. I know all of you don't have furnaces in your homes, but
many do. So with fall and winter temps on the way, I thought I'd share
these ideas with you. Here they are, paraphrased.


First, turn your furnace on now, before you need it, to make sure it is
working properly. Better to call for service now than on a bitter cold
winter day if the furnace doesn't work.

If your furnace doesn't work when you turn it on, first check these things before you call for service:
  • Make sure the thermostat is set to "heat" and that the setting is higher than the temperature inside your home.
  • Make certain the circuit breaker hasn't been tripped to the "off" position.
  • Check the switch on the side of your furnace to ensure it's turned on.
  • Check the air filter in your furnace. If it's very dirty, it can greatly affect the efficiency of the furnace.
  • If you have a high-efficiency furnace that vents out the side of your house, make sure the vent is not blocked on the outside.
Also, before you turn the furnace on, check to make sure that nothing has been stored too close to the furnace, which could be a fire hazard.

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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The heat was on yesterday and today. John changed the filter, we're good to go. Funny how days before it can be in the 90's and a couple of days later the heat is on.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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This is a good time to check those fire alarm units and change the battery as well. Don’t forget the carbon monoxide alarm if you have a gas furnace, that also needs to be checked and battery replaced each year.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Check that fire extinguisher too. All good tips above...
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Great tips Pam and everyone. Carbon Monoxide and Fire Detector/Alarms and Fire extinguishers are all very inexpensive. Get them and use them. Keep checking the batteries and test them often. Furnaces and Central heat units should be serviced once a year or every other year. Have the burners cleaned and flames checked for efficiency. Should burn blue!
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Tricity
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Great tips, Pam!! I have scheduled maintenance check on my A/C and furnace twice a year. At that time all my carbon monodioxide and fire alarms are checked and batteries tested.
The only wish is to ever use it, unfortunately, here in Texas very seldom gets cold enough to turn the furnace on ...
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:04 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Excellent tips there.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:16 AM
 
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Always a good idea to check on the furnace before you need it
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Great tips as always!!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Great tips, Pam. I've had plenty of trouble with furnaces in various houses I've lived in. Not fun having to wear several sweaters inside or crawl under the electric blanket to get warm.
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