How to Check Your Heater This Winter
Jan 15, 2017
Chilly weather has found its way to Florida recently. We are starting to look like our snowbirds as we step outside wearing scarves, jackets, and layers of clothes in order to combat the sudden drop in temperature! Many of us have been tempted to turn on the heat as we try to keep warm during these cold spells. However, before you flip the switch and walk away, make sure you follow FL Green Team’s short heater checklist! For most Floridians, it has been awhile since they have turned on their heating system. When it sits idly like this, you run the risks of hazards developing, which is why it’s important to follow this process as soon as you turn your system on.
What to Do After You Turn Your Heater On
First, listen closely to your heater or furnace. Does it sound like it’s not running smoothly? If you hear clunking or if something doesn’t sound right, turn your heater off and call FL Green Team. We will send over one of our heating and air professionals to give it a tune-up and identify any problems you may be having. Do not continue running your heating system until you’ve had a certified technician confirm that it is okay to use! Certain problems, if left unattended, could lead to a fire sparking within your home.
Second, pay attention to lingering smells. Most heaters will give off an odor when you turn them on for the first time after sitting dormant for months. This is caused by the accumulated dust burning off when your heater heats up. Open your windows to help ventilate this smell, but don’t leave your heater unattended. Keep an eye out for smoke coming from the system. If this happens, shut it off immediately and call FL Green Team to come inspect it. If a fire starts, shut it off and extinguish the flames immediately, if possible. Fires can spark and spread quickly, so do not put yourself in danger. If you cannot safely put out the fire on your own, get out of the house and call 911.
If there is no smoke or fire, but an odor lingers for several hours after you turned your heater on, change your filters and consider scheduling a maintenance inspection.
Lastly, check your carbon monoxide detector. If you don’t have one, you can purchase and install one for a relatively cheap cost. These detectors will give you a reading or set off an alarm to indicate when the carbon monoxide level in your home is too high. If your carbon monoxide detector reads over 30, turn off your furnace immediately, get out of the house, and call one of our technicians. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, tasteless, odorless gas that replaces the oxygen in your system. If you inhale too much, it can kill you in as little as a few minutes.
Heaters are Safe When Taken Care Of
While some of the warnings in this post may seem alarming, know that heaters are safe to use when they are properly maintained. Awareness and routine annual maintenance can go a long way in keeping your home healthy and safe. If you have any questions or would like to set an appointment, call us at 239.432.1500. Here at FL Green Team, we pride ourselves on being the big name in air conditioning where honesty and integrity matter!