Four Fall-Prep Tips To Get Your Furnace Ready For Winter

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Fall is one of the best seasons of the year. In many parts of the country, it's warm enough to enjoy time outside, yet cool enough to keep you comfortable. However, if there is any downside, it has to be the fact that the harsh cold of winter is just around the corner. Take advantage of this cold weather delay to ensure your heating system is ready for the season.

Change the Filter

Locate the air filter inside your furnace and look at it to see how dirty it is. When the filter traps dust and dirt, it stays in the filter and creates a buildup. The dirtier the air filter is, the less warm air that will circulate in your home once you turn on the filter. As a result, your home will feel cooler and your energy bills will likely be higher. Replace the dirty filter to maximize airflow.

Replace Thermostat Batteries

When a furnace doesn't cycle on, the problem isn't always with the furnace. Sometimes, it's the thermostat that's malfunctioning. If there is a low battery reading on your thermostat, swap out the old batteries with a new set. Even if you're uncertain of the last time the batteries were replaced, it's still a good idea to replace them. Replacing the batteries now is a lot better than waking up in the middle of the night freezing because the furnace isn't cycling on.  

Clean the Vents

If you live in a cooler climate, your air conditioner unit might not have gotten much use during the summer. As a result, your vents might be full of dirt and other debris. You want to clear all this gunk out before you turn the furnace on. Dust in the vents can get blown back into the furnace. The backflow that is then created causes the furnace to work harder. The harder the furnace works, the higher your energy usage, but also the more wear on the system.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Fall is also a great time to schedule a tune-up for your furnace. As a part of this process, an HVAC technician will inspect your unit for both current and potential problems, clean the furnace, and inspect the safety of the furnace. Combined, this process goes a long way to ensure your furnace is equipped for the season, and more importantly, that it is in good mechanical condition, which is important if you want to extend the lifespan of the system.

If your heater could use some attention, now is a great time to contact a technician. A heating service can assess your system and make any necessary repairs to ensure you're ready for the season. 

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18 October 2019

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