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Before you use your Atlanta furnace for the first time this winter, there are a few things you should know first.

 Atlanta, Georgia – Fall has officially arrived, and before we know it, winter will be here and we’ll be reaching for our thermo stats to turn on our Atlanta furnace and heating units. But before you do, there are a few things you should know. Phil Montgomery, owner of Mr. Cool Mr. Heat offers some tips for homeowners.

“Safety is the most important thing to remember before using your furnace,” says Montgomery. “Be sure you have a working smoke alarm installed near the home’s bedrooms and living areas. This will be sure to alert residents in case of a fire. Also, if your home has a gas furnace, a carbon monoxide detector is also a necessity. An improperly working furnace can release the odorless and colorless gas, and breathing in the fumes can be extremely harmful, even fatal.”

The next step is to be sure you have a new, clean filter in your furnace. A clean filter will be sure your furnace runs as efficiently as possible. Failure to change the filter often can result in the unit overworking and eventually breaking down, leading to furnace repair.

If your furnace has a pilot light, light it. Many newer furnaces will not have a pilot light, but older ones will, and homeowners may choose to extinguish it during the spring and summer months. Direction for properly lighting it will typically be printed directly on the furnace. Be sure to follow the direction exactly as printed.

Before turning on your unit, be sure there are no flammable objects near it. Next, turn the furnace to on and set your thermostat to your desired temperature to keep your home comfortable. As the furnace runs, listen to it. If you hear strange noises, such as squealing or knocking, turn it off and immediately call your Atlanta Heating and Air conditioning technician. You should do the same if you see smoke coming from the furnace.

“The first time you use your furnace this winter, there may be a burning smell,” says Montgomery. “As long as the smell if faint, it is completely normal. This is due to dust that has accumulated burning off. It should go away quickly, but if it doesn’t turn off your HVAC unit immediately and call one of our technicians.”

By taking a few precautions before using your furnace this winter, you can ensure your family will stay comfortable even when the temperatures begin to drop.

 

 

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