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Here’s What You Should Do With Your Furnace in the Summer

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Your furnace worked hard all winter to keep you and your family warm and comfortable, so now, it is your turn to take care of your furnace. See, your furnace, even in Summer, deserves a little TLC!

There are a number of steps you should take to ensure that your furnace is well-maintained during the summer, and below, we have listed them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to call us for your HVAC in Waco, TX.

How to Care For Your Furnace: A Guide

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier furnace this summer:

Step One: Take care of repairs!

Before you shut down your furnace for the year, be sure to take care of any outstanding repairs. Scheduling your repairs now prevents issues from growing worse and preps the 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. Temperatures here can drop into the 50s on a spring night, so it just may be that some of you will still need to use your furnace to keep warm. 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.

If you are interested in learning more about ways to take care of your furnace during the summer, or if you have any HVAC system that needs taking care of, give our team a call. Alltek Services Heating & Air Conditioning, Service with Pride & Quality Craftmanship!

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