Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

April 12, 2021
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When it comes time to switch over from your heating system to your cooling system, you may be wondering if you need to turn off your gas furnace. While you don’t need to, it is a great idea for the reasons we will list ahead. Be sure to contact Border Sheet Metal & Heating to ask for help if you can’t find your pilot light or have other pertinent questions.

1. Turning Off Your Gas Furnace Saves Money

By turning off your gas furnace for the summer, you will save some money. It is very simple to turn off your pilot light and save energy. Furnaces without pilot lights, or with electronic pilots will not generally waste gas during the summer.

While it may only be about $50 over the year, it does still save precious energy. Be sure to turn off the electricity to your furnace as well. Some gas companies do have a minimum usage requirement, so look into this with your provider before you turn off your furnace.

2. You Can’t Accidentally Turn on the Heat

Anyone with children has likely experienced them playing with the thermostat. By turning off your furnace, they can’t turn on the heat in summer. This also means you won’t have it turn on from a cold snap or faulty sensor.

3. Easier Maintenance

You should be having your heating and cooling systems inspected before you will need them again every year. By turning your furnace off, it can make it a bit easier to check it over before you restart it for the winter. Remember to schedule your bi-yearly maintenance so you don’t risk having your furnace quit on you during the winter or be burned out of your home because of a broken air conditioner.

As you can see, there are benefits to turning off a gas furnace during the summer. Contact us at Border Sheet Metal & Heating to get your yearly maintenance now. We look forward to serving all of your heating and cooling needs.

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