Stay Warm and Safe with Your Furnace

When the temperatures start to drop, people tend to crank up the heat on their home heating system. At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we suggest the following tips to ensure you and your loved ones are not only warm, but also remain safe.

1. When starting your furnace for the first time in the fall, you might notice a peculiar smell. This is often normal as the furnace could have collected dust during the summer months and extended periods of little or no use. However, if the odours persist and do not dissipate after a few cycles, shut the system off and contact one of our technicians as there could be a bigger problem.

2. Most of the furnaces in Calgary operate using natural gas. If you smell gas within the home, shut the unit off and contact a technician. The smell from leaky pipes and valves can be dangerous to you and your loved ones.

3. If your furnace is making strange or unusual noises, shut the system off. There is something wrong since the system is not operating correctly. Call a qualified technician to have the furnace checked before turning it back on.

4. Keep clutter away from the heating unit. You should not stack boxes, laundry, crates, garbage or other items around the exterior sides of the unit. These items can become flammable and can start a fire within the home.

5. Every floor within the home should have a minimum of one smoke detector and one carbon monoxide detector. Ideally you should have smoke & CO detectors within 5 meters of every bedroom door, and in the garage.

6. Replace the batteries and test smoke & CO detectors annually. Every year install new batteries into smoke detectors, even if they are not making that annoying beeping sound and push the test button to ensure they work. Replace any non-working units. Also, check to make sure that the unit has not expired. If it has expired, replace it as soon as possible.

To help prepare your home heating system for the upcoming colder fall and winter months, we recommend yearly maintenance tune-ups. Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, our technicians perform a 30-point maintenance inspection of the entire heating system, including testing gas and air pressure, fuel mixture, and the heat exchanger for leaks and cracks, as well as much more!

If you have further questions about preparing your heating system, safety concerns, or want to schedule our annual maintenance and tune-up service, contact us at (403) 477-3810 today. We would love to answer your questions and discuss your home heating and air quality needs. In the event you require emergency service, our technicians are on call 24/7.