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Turn on your heating system now, so you're ready when the temperatures drop later.

Man adjusting thermostatMany people only think about switching on their heating system when they really need it – as soon as colder weather hits. However, it’s better to plan ahead and test your heating system before the cold weather arrives every year. Doing so will make sure your heating system is ready to handle the first winter weather and prevent any potential headaches with emergency repairs.

Testing your heating system

By taking these few quick and easy steps, you can test your heating system to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently all winter long.

  • Set your thermostat to heat instead of cool.
  • Test your thermostat. Turn the temperature up high enough to make sure the heat kicks on. If it seems like it’s not communicating with your furnace, put in fresh batteries. If that doesn’t help, consider replacing the thermostat.
  • Make sure the flue and all vents are open.
  • Change the air filter.
  • Once your furnace is on, be mindful of any strange smells and odd sounds.
  • Remember to test or replace batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Move everything away from your furnace.
  • Be sure to move large furniture away from vents and air ducts it may be blocking.

By marking your calendar or setting reminders to test your heating system early Fall, you will ensure that it’s ready to heat your home as soon as you need it so you can enjoy a worry free winter.

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