As we all know, we are now in full blown air conditioning season, and if you are anything like me your air conditioner has been running off and on for about two months. We put a lot of time and effort into making sure the system is ready for the season, and these steps we take are crucial to ensuring out comfort all summer long. However, if your winter equipment was never properly shut down and put away for the season, you could find yourself facing some problems this summer.
Stop Feeding Water to the Humidifier
The first system you need to check is the humidifier. Now is the time to turn the water off to your humidifier. Every year we get calls from hundreds of homeowners asking about leaking water near the furnace. The water is causing serious damage to the surrounding equipment, and the source of the water is the humidifier. Protect your equipment and get some peace of mind by simply turning the water valve feeding your humidifier to the “off” position. If there is no water you can’t have a leak.
Turn Out the Pilots
Winter equipment also includes any space heaters that may be heating the porch and garage. Don’t forget to turn the gas off to those devices. It is estimated that a pilot light that remains on year round adds approximately 3% to your annual gas bill. So save some money and protect your equipment and turn the gas off to the heating device and the water to your humidifier.