Prepping your furnace for winter: Why a tune-up is essential

Sponsored content Nov 27, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

A-Plus Air in Stoney Creek, Ontario, looks after all your HVAC needs. If you’re starting to think about preparing your home for the coming winter, they suggest you start with a tune-up for your furnace.

Once temperatures drop and we’re using our home heating systems again, we may be in for a bit of a rude awakening. It can be a shock to see that first home heating bill of the season. Is there anything that can be done to lessen it?

Understand how your home heating system works

The typical system has three major parts:

•    Thermostat: This determines the temperature in your home. When the air temperature drops, your thermostat will signal the heater and the blower to turn on.

•    Heater: This is where combustion happens, where the heat your home requires is created.

•    Blower: The blower moves this heated air, distributing it throughout the house through your heating ducts. Cooler air is returned to the furnace through the cold air return vents in your home and then warmed by the furnace.

This warm-air-out, cool-air-in cycle continues until the desired temperature is reached. When this happens, the thermostat signals the furnace that it is time to shut down.

Tune up your furnace

Book a qualified professional to conduct an internal examination. They will look to make sure there is no black soot or combustion residue either on or around your furnace. They will then turn up your thermostat so that the furnace comes on; they’ll check to see that the flames in the burner are blue and steady. Any soot buildup or yellow flames are indications of poor combustion.

After the thermostat has been turned back down again, they will remove any accumulated dust using a vacuum with a long nozzle, and they’ll clean the blades of the blower fan using a damp rag. The last step is either cleaning or replacing the filter — something that should be done monthly during the heating season.

Your home is now ready for winter.

For more information, call A-Plus Air at 905-385-6450. The company is located at 1100 South Service Road, Unit 110, in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Prepping your furnace for winter: Why a tune-up is essential

Sponsored content Nov 27, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

A-Plus Air in Stoney Creek, Ontario, looks after all your HVAC needs. If you’re starting to think about preparing your home for the coming winter, they suggest you start with a tune-up for your furnace.

Once temperatures drop and we’re using our home heating systems again, we may be in for a bit of a rude awakening. It can be a shock to see that first home heating bill of the season. Is there anything that can be done to lessen it?

Understand how your home heating system works

The typical system has three major parts:

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•    Thermostat: This determines the temperature in your home. When the air temperature drops, your thermostat will signal the heater and the blower to turn on.

•    Heater: This is where combustion happens, where the heat your home requires is created.

•    Blower: The blower moves this heated air, distributing it throughout the house through your heating ducts. Cooler air is returned to the furnace through the cold air return vents in your home and then warmed by the furnace.

This warm-air-out, cool-air-in cycle continues until the desired temperature is reached. When this happens, the thermostat signals the furnace that it is time to shut down.

Tune up your furnace

Book a qualified professional to conduct an internal examination. They will look to make sure there is no black soot or combustion residue either on or around your furnace. They will then turn up your thermostat so that the furnace comes on; they’ll check to see that the flames in the burner are blue and steady. Any soot buildup or yellow flames are indications of poor combustion.

After the thermostat has been turned back down again, they will remove any accumulated dust using a vacuum with a long nozzle, and they’ll clean the blades of the blower fan using a damp rag. The last step is either cleaning or replacing the filter — something that should be done monthly during the heating season.

Your home is now ready for winter.

For more information, call A-Plus Air at 905-385-6450. The company is located at 1100 South Service Road, Unit 110, in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Prepping your furnace for winter: Why a tune-up is essential

Sponsored content Nov 27, 2016 Hamilton Spectator

A-Plus Air in Stoney Creek, Ontario, looks after all your HVAC needs. If you’re starting to think about preparing your home for the coming winter, they suggest you start with a tune-up for your furnace.

Once temperatures drop and we’re using our home heating systems again, we may be in for a bit of a rude awakening. It can be a shock to see that first home heating bill of the season. Is there anything that can be done to lessen it?

Understand how your home heating system works

The typical system has three major parts:

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•    Thermostat: This determines the temperature in your home. When the air temperature drops, your thermostat will signal the heater and the blower to turn on.

•    Heater: This is where combustion happens, where the heat your home requires is created.

•    Blower: The blower moves this heated air, distributing it throughout the house through your heating ducts. Cooler air is returned to the furnace through the cold air return vents in your home and then warmed by the furnace.

This warm-air-out, cool-air-in cycle continues until the desired temperature is reached. When this happens, the thermostat signals the furnace that it is time to shut down.

Tune up your furnace

Book a qualified professional to conduct an internal examination. They will look to make sure there is no black soot or combustion residue either on or around your furnace. They will then turn up your thermostat so that the furnace comes on; they’ll check to see that the flames in the burner are blue and steady. Any soot buildup or yellow flames are indications of poor combustion.

After the thermostat has been turned back down again, they will remove any accumulated dust using a vacuum with a long nozzle, and they’ll clean the blades of the blower fan using a damp rag. The last step is either cleaning or replacing the filter — something that should be done monthly during the heating season.

Your home is now ready for winter.

For more information, call A-Plus Air at 905-385-6450. The company is located at 1100 South Service Road, Unit 110, in Stoney Creek, Ontario.