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Should I Turn Off My Gas Furnace in the Summer?

Gas Furnaces in the Summer

Summers in Bend, OR are warm, so you’ll likely need to use your air conditioning system during the day. Nighttime low temperatures in July and August are in the mid- to upper-40s, so chances are good that you won’t need to run your gas furnace. When you’re not going to use your gas furnace for several months, it’s a good idea to shut it down. Read on to learn about why you should turn it off and the pros and cons of doing so.

Why You Should Turn Off Your Furnace in the Summer

There are a few good reasons to turn off your furnace for the summer. Older furnaces typically have pilot lights that are always on. The pilot light constantly burns a small amount of gas. Turning off the pilot should save $5 to $10 each month. When the gas supply valve is always open, it incurs some wear and tear. The pilot’s sensor will also experience extra wear and tear if you leave your furnace on year-round.

Pros and Cons of Turning Off Your Furnace for the Summer

Turning off the furnace reduces the risk of a gas leak in your home. It also lowers the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Your furnace may last longer if you turn it off for the summer season. On the other hand, turning off the furnace can be a hassle, especially if you’re unsure of where the gas valve is located or how it works. In the autumn, you’ll have to to turn the furnace on again. If you’re not sure of how to do it, you’ll need a technician’s help.

At Mountain View Heating, Inc, we’re the trusted providers of heating maintenance in Bend. You can also count on us for air conditioning maintenance and heating and air conditioning repairs. Our indoor air quality, duct cleaning and zoning system services are designed with your comfort in mind. To learn more about the benefits of turning off your gas furnace for the summertime, get in touch with us at Mountain View Heating, Inc today.

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