Winter is coming and your HVAC system is transitioning from cooling your home to keeping it nice and warm. It is always better to check the furnace before winter before hand to prevent suffering through chilly winter nights shivering. There’s nothing worse than turning on the thermostat and discover that it is not working. To prevent such a situation this winter, it would be wise to take measures now, in the fall while you have time. To prevent of panicking at the last moment, here are 5 tips for you to ensure the furnace is ready for the winter season:
1) Test Your Furnace before Winter Arrives:
You would need professional help to get your thermostat checked properly. Get started with increasing the temperature a few degrees and check if the thermostat is working properly. If it is not, then there is a chance that there might an ignition issue or a faulted wiring problem. Do not wait for the last minute to get the furnaces in your house tested.
2) Keep Up With Annual Maintenance:
An annual maintenance visit by a professional HVAC technician should not only be done for the summer, but also for the winter season as well. The thermostat system can be a complicated one and may need professional assistance. Issues that need attention are likely to grow over time. Annual maintenance will be able to catch small issues before they add up and become a bigger problem.
3) Change the Air Filter:
If the air filter is clogged or blocked with dirt, the furnace would require extra energy to heat up the room. This might end up heating up the system causing damages and breakdowns. Keeping the electrostatic filter clean and washing it every few months will make it easy for you to use the system for a longer time. Some thermostats come with humidifiers too. Make sure to keep the humidifier surfaces clean as well.
4) Be Sure Your Programmable Thermostat is Set Properly:
If the temperature on the thermostat is set accordingly, but you still feel uncomfortable, this might be an indication that your thermostat needs repairing, especially if it’s been in use for a long time. Check the thermostat against a thermometer, and simply by replacing it if necessary, you can keep more comfortable.
5) Check Your Air Vents and Dampers:
You need the system and space around the HVAC system components to be clear of debris and obstruction. Air vents and dampers also need to be clear of any blockages. Blocked air vents can be hazardous and pose a serious threat to the residents.
Maintaining your furnace is not as tiring as it might seem. Regular maintenance will help ensure that you do not face any unexpected bumps along the road. These maintenance tips are the first steps to spending less money and time down the road no matter the season.