Apple cider, pine trees, and crisp autumn air. These quintessential winter smells can’t be separated from our memories. We are all familiar with a not so pleasant winter smell- the smell that fills the house when we turn the furnace on the first time.
Everyone has noticed the burning furnace smell emitting from the furnace when it is first turned on in late fall. Sometimes the scent is so strong that homeowners get worried. The furnace smell is actually normal and not a cause for concern.
Your furnace produces this strange burning smell because dust particles have settled on the elements during the summer months. When you first turn on the furnace, it burns off those dirt and dust particles, making a foul burning smell. The scent cannot be completely avoided, but there are some ways to help reduce its strength and keep your furnace in good condition.
When you flip on the furnace, turn on your attic fan or open the windows to help reduce the burning smell. It is important to keep the area around the furnace clean and to not store combustible materials near the furnace. Remember to install a clean filter regularly. Having your heating system tuned up each year by a professional will help keep it in the best condition, save you money, and make your home comfortable.
Don’t be wary about that smell from your furnace this winter. If you do have concerns about the condition of your furnace, we are happy to check it out for you so you can relax this winter. To schedule your heating inspection, call All-Star Heating, Cooling and Plumbing to let the experts take care of your heating system.