Cold weather has officially arrived! Your furnace will begin working extremely hard to keep you and your family comfortable and safe this winter. One piece of advice that unfortunately many people don’t heed is this. As soon as you spot a potential issue with your system, schedule a service call. Many people tend to wait until the problem completely disables their furnace before they give us a call. Quite often that is in the middle of the night or during our peak service times when the wait times can be rather long.
The moment your system starts making that strange noise, that weird light starts flashing, or you smell something that doesn’t seem normal, call us! We should be able to get there quickly and possibly even save you some stress and money on a less expensive repair.
The best way to tell if your furnace is a high-efficiency model or not is to take a look at the vent. If it is a metal vent, chances are it is NOT high efficiency. High-efficiency furnaces exhaust with minimal heat that they actually vent with PVC plastic pipe. All of the heat that used to exit your home via that old metal pipe now gets to stay in the house and keep you and your family warm and cozy. We actually are running a great furnace special right now as a matter of fact. You can have a new, state of the art, high-efficiency furnace completely installed for as low as $29.99 per month. The new furnace may save you more than that on your monthly gas bill. Call us or visit http://ghacwv.com/quote-request for a free in-home visit from one of our comfort consultants.
Here are some winter home preparation tips that could prevent a plumbing disaster when the temperatures start plummeting.
1. Remove all your garden hoses from spigots and store away
2. Shut off water to outside spigots where possible
3. Close crawl space foundation vents
4. Seal air leaks at the perimeter of your home
5. Check the condition of your insulation and weather-stripping
6. Check the condition of all pipe insulation
7. Plug in your heat tape and make sure it is functional
This list is by no means all-inclusive but it is a great place to start. Also, test all Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors. Replace their batteries and remember that if the detector is older than five years, chances are you need to throw it away and get yourself a new one.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the oldest furnace contest. The response was absolutely overwhelming! As a result of the huge response, it has become necessary to delay the announcement of the winner until Friday, December 23, 2016. We just simply cannot get to all of the entrant’s homes to verify the age of all of the furnaces by the original December 9 announcement date. On December 23rd someone is going to get a very nice Christmas present, the complete installation of a new high-efficiency furnace! Good luck and may the oldest furnace win!
As a homeowner you should always make sure the filter is regularly changed. When you purchase a filter, the manufacturer’s instructions include a recommendation for how often it should be changed. Filters can become clogged much sooner than that recommendation depending on factors in the home, such as excessive dust, pet hair, or cigarette smoke. Keep an eye on the filter and change it when it appears to be clogged or dirty, even if it’s before the recommended date. And remember to always aim the arrow on your filter at the furnace.