Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Do you know how to prepare your furnace for winter? There’s no denying the fact that winter is on the way. And we may not know how cold this winter is going to be, but we do know you will eventually have to fire up your furnace for the first time in almost a year. Before you decide to start using your furnace on a regular basis, we have some suggestions for you:
- Get a tune-up/maintenance check: It never hurts to have a highly skilled HVAC company come in and perform a furnace tune up and inspection. They can spot any potential problems and make sure you’ll be fully prepared for winter.
- Change your filters: Many furnace problems can be traced directly to dirty filters. Before you start your heating season, make sure you are using clean, high quality filters. If you suffer from respiratory issues, now may be the time to install a premium filtration system such as the Trane CleanEffects Air Filter system.
- Clean the furnace area: It’s always smart to make sure the area surrounding your furnace is free of flammable objects or other obstructions.
- Test your thermostat: Your thermostat may have worked perfectly during the cooling season, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tested for accuracy and function before the winter heating season begins. Turn your system on, take a digital thermometer around the house, and make sure your system is heating your home properly.
Once you know that your furnace is in good working order, take some time to winterize your home by having your chimney cleaned (if you have a fireplace), checking and replacing poorly functioning weather stripping and replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These steps will help you have a safe, warm and comfortable winter.