Summer is almost here! And while your air conditioner may be first on your mind right now, you may also be thinking about your furnace a bit. Specifically, you may be wondering if you should turn it off for the summer season.
We’ve put together some information and things to consider to help you figure out what to do.
Many people think that by turning their thermostat to “Cool” they’ve turned their furnace off. Not quite. You’ve stopped the furnace from running, but it’s still on. If your furnace is 15 years old or older, it has a pilot light. That pilot light is still on, which means your furnace is using energy you have to pay for.
So often, people use the term “furnace” to describe any type of home heating system. All furnaces are heating systems but not all heating systems are furnaces.
A furnace uses forced air to heat your home. Boilers heat your home using water.
If you have vents, you have a furnace. If you have radiators or baseboard heating, you have a boiler.
If you have a boiler, DO NOT turn off the pilot light! The metal in a boiler shrinks when the unit gets cold. That can cause leaks and damage in your heating system.