Why Does My Heat Stink?
In Southwest Florida turning on the heat in our homes is rare. When we do turn it on that first cold night or morning you may be startled when you house smells like its on fire. What causes this and what can be done to avoid?
What Causes Smelly Heat
When you turn on an electric heating system in your house, you’ll sometimes get that burning smell. So why does my heat stink? During long periods without use, dust, debris and even insects can land on your heating coils. When your heat is turned on for the first time of the season, this all gets burnt up. While is may seem a little gross, don’t worry it will go away in a few minutes.
It’s unlikely, but we have had reports of some clients having their smoke detectors in their house sound alarm because of the burning smell. Of course the longer your system goes without use, the better chance the smell is stronger. In most cases this whole process is over in less than a minute. If however, the smell gets stronger or you see smoke, immediately turn off your unit. You should then call the pros at Temperature Patrol so we can make sure your system is safe to use.
How To Avoid Heat Stink
With regular maintenance of your HVAC system, the initial burning smell will be less noticeable. This is because our service includes a vacuuming and cleaning of your ac and heating system if your home has a heat pump. This cleaning will reduce dust on your heating coils. Also you can get ready for the cooler nights by turning on your heating system before you need it. Perhaps on the first cool evening you can turn it on with the windows open, just long enough to burn off the dust.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
The best way to keep your heating and cooling system working is to make sure your HVAC is always in top condition. The pros at Temperature Patrol will maintain your unit during the year to make sure you home stays comfortable all year round! We keep your AC running to keep you cool in the summer and your heat ready for those cold nights. Give us a call or complete the form on our site for a free no obligation quote. Thousands of your neighbors already trust and relay on our services!