In the warm spring and summer months you naturally don’t use your furnace. And if you’re like most, you turn the heat setting on the thermostats down and don’t think about it or the unit again until the fall. But, did you ever think about the wasted resources and money it’s costing you to leave the system turned on, even when not in use?
Even when it’s sitting ideally your furnace still consumes natural gas or propane during the summer. Your furnace will also consume electricity while not in use because of electronic valves and sensors that consume electriityc 24/7. In order to save money and conserve energy, it’s a good idea to simply turn the unit off.
If you’re asking yourself why it still burns gas even when not being used, the answer is the pilot light. Now, if you have a unit that uses an electric ignition instead of a gas pilot light, then this is not an issue for you. But if your gas furnace uses a pilot light then that small flame stays lit 24/7.
The same goes for the electricity. There are electronic valves that turn on and off your gas to your main burners and also to your pilot light. There is also a thermocouple that senses heat from the pilot light.
Every bit of conserved energy is important and money saved means you spend it better elsewhere. For gas furnace repair or maintenance, or to inquire about turning off your system over the warm months, contact the experts at EasternTechAirVA.com.