Halloween is near, which means that cold days are ahead. Your heater is rusty from not running all summer, and now it is acting strange. It’s always a good idea to have your furnace inspected as the weather changes, and October is the perfect time to do it.
Turning your furnace on for the first time each year can bring some odd smells. One frequent smell is dust. Let your furnace run for a bit to see if the smell slowly lingers. If it doesn't fade, try replacing your filter. A smell that should send you running is sulfur, otherwise described as a rotten egg smell. If you smell this coming from your furnace, evacuate immediately and call a professional. Other smells that signal problems include; burning metal, plastic, rubber or wax. If you smell any of these, turn off your furnace and call a technician to get it repaired.
If you have watched any ghost hunter show, you might have yourself convinced that the cold spots in your home signal a warning that a ghost is near. Before blaming the cold spots around your home on an invisible guest, try contacting an HVAC professional. There have been many cases of blocked air filters and improperly sized HVAC systems. Blocked air filters can limit the movement of air around your home. HVAC systems that are too small can result in not having enough power to properly heat every area in your home, leading to cold spots.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night to odd sounds coming from your house? No, your home probably isn't haunted it’s just time for an HVAC inspection. Old furnaces especially; should be inspected once a year to ensure that everything is running the way it should.
Whether you are hoping to solve your eerie Halloween mysteries or just making sure that you are properly caring for your furnace, it's always a good idea to get an inspection appointment set up to answer all of your questions. Our experienced team members at 72 Degrees are happy to help! Keep your furnace from haunting your home after Halloween is over and give us a call at 515-965-7272.