Preparing Your Furnace For Fall
With colder months approaching, now is the time to start thinking about fall maintenance on your furnace. Some items like changing your filter monthly can be done by yourself, but to make sure everything is in proper working order it is best to call a certified Heating and Cooling contractor (HVAC).
Here are a few other tips to remember:
- Use a clean filter. Standard air filters for furnaces need to be cleaned or changed once a month, more often during the heating season. Newer filters may be washable or require less frequent changing. Check the owner’s manual.
- If a pilot light or burner flame goes out, allow ample time for any gas accumulation to escape before relighting. If the problem continues, call M.U.D. at 402.554.6666, or your heating contractor.
- Gas appliances and furnaces need fresh air for proper combustion. Combustion products need to be vented to the outdoors. Keep flues, ducts and vents attached to appliances and heating systems in good condition and clear of obstructions.
If you are converting your furnace from electric, oil or propane, contact us for rebate offers at 402.504.7981.
Employee Speakers Bureau
Did you know Metropolitan Utilities District provides presentations, water plant tours and mascot appearances free of charge through its Employee Speakers Bureau?
We have an enthusiastic and dedicated group of employees who go into the community to educate children and adults about natural gas and water issues. Last year our employees gave 138 presentations to nearly 225,000 people in the metro Omaha area. We provide programs for classrooms, civic organizations and special events.
From May 1 through September 15 (weekdays) we offer tours at our Florence Water Treatment Plant to school children. After watching a water treatment demonstration and video, attendees ride a tram around the outside of the plant, weather-permitting. It’s been a popular field trip for many generations of Omaha-area students.
This summer we have been especially busy. Keep an eye out and you may see one or both of our entertaining mascots! “Sniffy” is our gas safety dinosaur and “Thirstin” is a tall glass of drinking water. They participate in parades, safety fairs and other events.
- Sniffy will appear at the August 15 Bellevue Arrows to Aerospace parade, the Labor Day Septemberfest parade, and the September 26 Aksarben Heritage Parade.
- We plan to attend the September 12 World O! Water Festival at Wehrspann Lake to give demonstrations on how we turn raw river water into safe, clean drinking water.
- We will participate in the Child Saving Institute’s “Touch-a-Truck” event September 19 at 69th and Pacific Sts. The popular event allows children to get close to construction trucks and other heavy-duty equipment.
For more information about our programs, to schedule an event or to check out a video from our library, visit our website.