My mother is a first time owner who is coming up on her 1st year mark of home ownership.
She has a forced air heating system which has never been used.
Her location has a lot of temperatures above sixty numerous degrees & it hasn’t snowed in this region since the 60s. In her cabin I’ve only needed to snap on the heating system a handful of times. Of course the burning smell was present when I ran heating throughout the house. The smell of burnt hair improved dramatically after the first run through. All over the internet it is repeatedly declared that the burnt dust scent goes away after a few trials. Hundreds of sites assure us it is dust alone & that any continuation of the smell after a few heat ups is an indication of an electrical related burning inside of the heating and air device. I have noticed burning smells from forced air furnaces my whole life. There’s a nice chance I am just picking up on something everybody else isn’t noticing. To get an idea of what I’m talking about, turn on your oven or toaster & smell the heat. Heating & Air Conditioning furnace coils just have a certain odor to them that I can’t ignore. This is why I want to have steam radiators or radiant floors. Forced air A.C. is wonderful, but running air through any sort of furnace doesn’t sit well with me. Heated floors with hot water seems ideal since all homes already have water heaters, I wouldn’t need to install anything more than the modern flooring panels.