Winter is upon us, and if you haven’t gotten your furnace ready for the season, now’s the time. It doesn’t take much time or effort to ensure your furnace is ready for its debut, and we’re here to help you get it done. Keep reading to learn 6 things you need to do to get your furnace ready for winter.
Get your Furnace Winter-Ready
It’s that time of year again when you call upon your furnace to keep you warm. Of course, it can’t do that without a little help from you. take the following steps before turning it on to ensure it works its best.
1) Replace the air filter: Ideally, you should be replacing the air filter on your unit every month. If you haven’t, now’s a good time to do so.
2) Upgrade the air filter for best performance: If you’re using a flat filter, consider upgrading to a better filter for better performance from the unit, and better health for the occupants of your home. Better filters remove allergens to keep inside air cleaner, which is important during the cold winter months when the house is sealed up tight.
3) Vacuum out air vents and ducts: Dust can build up inside air vents and duct work. Take off vent covers and use your vacuum’s hose attachments to suck up dust buildup as far down the duct as possible.
4) Check the belts: Turn off the main power to the furnace and open its access panel to check the blower belt for cracks. If you notice wear, replace it.
5) Consider a set-back thermostat: If you don’t already have one, consider replacing your old thermostat with a new setback thermostat to save money. These thermostats automatically lower the temperature if you are gone or asleep. You could save as much as 75 percent on the cost of operating your furnace.
6) Inspect the unit’s outside operations: Go outside and make sure the area around the unit is clear. Also, make sure the exhaust flue is working properly. Remove any overgrown brush or debris that might interfere with the unit’s operation.
If you have questions about how to get your furnace ready for winter, or you discover the unit needs more than the simple maintenance described in these steps, be sure to contact a reputable heating technician in your area.