There’s no denying the chill you feel in the air when you step outside in the morning. That chill will turn to cold before you know it and winter will be here. Your furnace works hard all winter long to keep you and your family comfortable. By taking a few simple steps now, you can ensure that it works well to provide uninterrupted warmth until it’s time for the warm weather season again. Experts in the heating and cooling industry typically recommend the following:
Check the condition of your filter each month
With your furnace running consistently during the cooler months, it’s important to check the filter to see if needs changing. Once every 90 days is usually sufficient, but it may require more frequent changes during periods of heavy use.
Remove Clutter From Around the Furnace
It’s easy to use the furnace as a catch-all when it isn’t operational. Before turning it on for the season, be sure to remove anything lying on top of it. You should also sweep any debris in front of it and wipe off anything stuck to the sides.
Make Sure Nothing is Blocking the Heating Vents
You or a family member may have placed something in front of a heating vent during the summer and forgotten all about it. Be certain to check all heating vents and move anything blocking them. Additionally, look to see that they are clean enough for the warm air to blow out unencumbered.
Purchase or Test Carbon Monoxide Detector
Before turning on the furnace for the season, it’s a good idea to ensure your carbon monoxide detector has fresh batteries or to install a new one if necessary.
Consider A Seasonal Tune-Up
Arranging for routine maintenance of your furnace every fall is the best way to ensure that it runs smoothly during the winter. It also helps you avoid the hassle and expense of a major repair when you need heat the most. Many heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies offer maintenance plans to encourage homeowners to complete this task.