The best way to get your furnace ready for winter is to start early. Don’t wait for that first below freezing day to realize that your furnace isn’t working!
If you need furnace repairs, you will be much better off making a call to a furnace repair company a month or two before the busy season has started than you will be frantically making a late night phone call in December.
With that in mind, here are some tips to get your furnace ready for winter.
Turn on the furnace in early fall – Switch the thermostat from cooling to heating and set the temperature a few degrees higher than room temperature and make sure your furnace kicks on. Doing this early in autumn before it’s freezing cold means even if you have to wait a day or two for repairs that it won’t be a big problem
Perform regular HVAC maintenance – Why wait for a problem to happen? Having annual or biannual HVAC maintenance performed on your heating and cooling system will help keep it running efficiently and breakdowns.
Replace your filter – Ideally, you are already doing this every month. If not though, now is definitely the time. If you’re not already using a pleated filter, HEPA filter or electrostatic filter, now is the time to upgrade your filter. It will increase the energy efficiency of your furnace and allow warm air to flow more easily through your home.
Clean your vents and air ducts – If you haven’t done it in awhile, definitely clean your vents and air ducts. Remove the vent covers and use the extension hose of your vacuum to get rid of the dust buildup.
Inspect exhaust – Check the exhaust flue outdoors and make sure it is free of leaves, bird nests or anything else that can get in the way.
Check your carbon monoxide detectors – Now is a good time to make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working. A malfunctioning furnace can release this invisible gas that in large quantities can kill.
Clean around your furnace – You should remove anything stored near the furnace, especially any flammable items like cardboard boxes of old clothes.
Do you need help getting your furnace ready for winter?
Contact us online or phone
We serve Warrenville, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Geneva, Lombard, West Chicago, Naperville, and Batavia and nearby communities.