Is Your Furnace Ready For Winter?
Getting your furnace ready for winter is more than ensuring it turns on and provides heat to your home. Your furnace can also be dangerous, seeping carbon monoxide into your air supply, impacting your health.
Of course, for a lot of homeowners, the lazy days of summer aren’t the days when they think of checking out their furnace. Flipping the switch and letting heat run through your home when the temperatures are still creeping towards 100 is the furthest thing from your mind.
Yet it’s the perfect time to check, before the temperatures drop the other direction, and you flip the switch and find nothing comes out.
Is your furnace working properly? Does it produce heat the way it should?
And more importantly, is it safe for the coming season?
Change your furnace filter
Before the winter sets in, it’s important to check the condition of your air filter and change it out before winter begins. This will ensure your furnace functions efficiently all winter long. A clean air filter can ensure your air supply is healthier, and your furnace functions better without dirt and grime moving back into the system.
Test your thermostat
When testing out your furnace, you’ll need to confirm your thermostat is working as it should. Flip from cool to heat and ensure the system turns on and functions properly through an entire cycle. If you haven’t upgraded your thermostat in a while, this can be a big benefit. Consider a programmable thermostat, or a smart thermostat that allows you to control settings from a smart device and internet access.
Check all vents and registers
Take a walk around your home and check all vents and registers. Are they free and clear? Can airflow blow properly into each room? Often, homeowners pile boxes or close drapes, blocking the registers off from use. Also, check to see if any registers have been adjusted to stop the air flow. That might seem to be a good idea if one room is colder than the rest. But this actually throws imbalance into the system, forcing your furnace to work harder than it has to. Cold spots or hot spots are signs that there is something wrong with your HVAC system.
Schedule your check up today
The first cold spell sends a rush to the phones. Professional HVAC service companies experience their busiest days right after temperatures drop for the first time. In order to ensure your furnace is in good working condition, schedule your check up today. You can have your choice of days, and head into the winter season knowing your furnace is in top shape and ready for whatever the winter brings.