There are a lot of things we do to get ready for the winter, whether it’s making sure we have an ice scraper in our car, getting coats, hats and gloves out of storage or installing all-weather tires.
Your winter preparations should also extend to your HVAC system. Depending on the weather, it might have some busy months ahead. Here are seven things you can do to make sure your heating system is up to the task this winter.
1. Think about changing your HVAC filter
Look at the filter in your HVAC system to make sure it’s in good condition. Changing HVAC filters is something that should happen at least once per season. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you’ll be able to clean it and reuse it. Cleaning these filters keeps particles out of your system and extends its life.
2. Examine the burners
Check your furnace’s burners to see that they’re clear of dust and other debris, which can build up inside the burners when they’re not in use during the summer. Use this time to also look for rust or any signs of misalignment or damage.
3. Check the chimney
Look inside the chimney for possible obstructions. You might find storm debris has collected there, or that birds have built their nests. Look for soot build-up, which can create a fire hazard. If your chimney hasn’t been inspected in some time, you should consult with a professional.
This is also a good time to make sure your carbon monoxide detector is functioning. You should replace the batteries in your CO and smoke detectors twice each year. It’s easy to remember if you do if on the same schedule as changing the clocks back and forward for Daylight Saving Time.
4. Furnace blower maintenance
The blower motor inside your furnace has a key role in ensuring your heating system performs to the best of its ability in winter.
Give it some oil now to improve its performance. Inspect all the furnace components and consult with an HVAC technician if you spot something that you’re not sure of.
5. Check your thermostat
Chances are you’ve done this already, but if not, switch your thermostat from cooling to heating to confirm your system is working.
And if you’re still using a manual thermostat, consider switching to a programmable version. This will let you set the temperature lower when you’re asleep or at work, helping you save on your energy costs.
6. Uncover your vents
Take some time to make sure there’s nothing blocking your heating vents. If you have furniture blocking your vents, it will prevent your system from properly heating your home. It can also cause your furnace to become overheated.
7. Have an HVAC professional examine your furnace
Don’t wait for a crisis to have a professional look at your heating system. A mid-autumn inspection is often just what you need to stave off emergencies. This check-up can uncover problems you may not have spotted on your own and keep your heater burning all winter long.
If you still haven’t scheduled maintenance for your system, now is the time. All Seasons Comfort Control can help. From changing the HVAC filter to looking at the health of your furnace, our technicians are ready to exam your system to make sure it does its job this season. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.