Winter can take us by surprise. One day we’re heading out to work in a light jacket, the next we’re digging snow shovels out of the garage.
But when it comes to your HVAC system, it’s easy to get prepared for winter.
It’s also essential. It’s one thing to have to try to buy rock salt after a storm hits, and quite another to call out a heating repair company in the middle of a blizzard.
Here are a few things you should do – if you haven’t already – to makes sure your furnace is ready for the next few months.
1. Switch your thermostat
This is something you might have done already, but if you haven’t, switch your thermostat from cooling to heating to confirm that your system is in good condition.
Consider updating your thermostat if you’re still using the manual version. A programmable thermostat will let you set your furnace at a lower temperature while you’re asleep or at work, lowering your energy costs. Your local heating repair service can provide you with more information.
2. Change your filter
Or at least check your filter. Make sure that it’s in good condition before winter arrives. Filters should be cleaned or swapped out at least seasonally. But if you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you should be able to clean it and reuse it. Cleaning it keeps particles out of your system and helps it last longer.
3. Check the burners
Make sure the furnace burners are clear of dust and other debris, which tend to collect inside the burners during the summer. While you’re cleaning, look for rust and any signs of misalignment.
4. Inspect the furnace chimney
Look for anything inside the chimney that might be obstructing air flow, such as debris or birds nest. Check for soot build up, as this can present a fire hazard. If the chimney hasn’t been inspected in a while, consult with a heating repair service.
This is also a good time to test your carbon monoxide detector, something you should do every month. (You should replace the batteries in CO and smoke detectors twice a year. A good way to remember is to do it when you switch the clocks forward/back an hour in the spring and fall.)
5. Oil the furnace blower
The blower motor in your furnace plays a major role in making sure your HVAC system does its job during the winter. Oil it before the season begins to improve its performance. Inspect all the furnace components and consult with a heating repair service company, like All Seasons if you spot something you’re not sure of.
6. Uncover your heating vents
Make sure there’s nothing blocking your heating vents. Blocked vents will prevent your HVAC system from heating your home properly, while also potentially leading to an overheated furnace.
7. Have a professional look at your furnace
Don’t wait for an emergency to call a heating repair service. A pre-winter heating system inspection is often just what you need to avoid emergency service. The inspection can turn up problems you might not have noticed yourself and make sure your system keeps your home and family warm all winter long.
If you haven’t scheduled your maintenance yet, contact All Seasons Comfort Control. Our technicians are ready to look at your furnace and ensure that it’s ready to do its job this winter.