furnace maintenance tips

5 Tips to Prepare Your Furnace For Winter

When winter is around the corner, you want to make sure your heating system is ready. 

Most of us don’t turn on our furnaces until at least October, which means they’ve been off for almost six months. 

You might not be concerned now, during the hot summer months, but before the cold arrives, it’s smart to check your furnace and ensure it’s in top shape for the winter months ahead. 

So when temperatures drop, your home is where you’ll want to be.

Here are the top 5 furnace maintenance tips:

1. Clean Your Air Ducts

Clean air ducts translate into proper airflow. Proper airflow is critical for heat transfer. Cleaning your air ducts at least twice a year is even more critical during the winter when you run your HVAC system more regularly.

There’s more to clean air ducts than paper towels and a vacuum. To remove the debris from your supply registers and your air vents, we have the tools, knowledge, and expertise to perform a job well done.

2. Change Your Air Filters

For proper indoor air quality, remember to change the filters regularly. This will not only provide clean air circulating in your home, but it can also make your HVAC system work efficiently and lower your electricity bill.

3. Clean Your Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger on your furnace is a critical component: it heats the air to generate the heat for your home. It’s important to clean it at least once a year to remove dust and debris and make sure it functions properly. 

Our professional cleaning services can help you reach all the appropriate parts and check the exchanger for cracks. Damage to your heat exchanger can cause carbon monoxide leaks, which are dangerous.

4. Clean The Blower Motor and Fan

Cleaning the blower motor and fan can help the HVAC system perform correctly, as dust can cause issues in functioning. On occasion, after cleaning the blower motor, we find it also needs lubrication. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

5. Perform Pre-Season Inspections

An annual tune-up and deep cleaning are crucial for the proper functioning of your HVAC system, plus almost all HVAC manufacturers require one as part of their warranty. Skipping your annual check-up can seriously hurt you if your furnace breaks down during the winter.

If you really want to make sure that your furnace will run safely and reliably throughout the winter, call us today to perform a pre-season inspection and maintenance.

Pro Tip: Keep your HVAC Technician Informed

Keep notes and invoices from the previous technician visits, and store all of this information near your furnace. This can save you money on furnace repairs by helping to inform the current service technician of past problems.

Are you ready for the cold months ahead? There are things every homeowner should do before the cold arrives. 

Furnace maintenance, like cleaning your blower and air ducts, preserves the safety of your home and family. Plus, it protects your warranty if your HVAC system is relatively new.

Call today and schedule your expert visit.

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