Some embrace it, and some cringe from it, but regardless of which type of person you are, the truth is we need to Prepare for it. With the warm weather turning cooler then colder, it is crucial to have a working furnace when winter weather comes calling.
Here are 5 tips and tricks to ensure you are ready for the season.
1. Schedule Furnace Maintenance
Make sure your HVAC system is operating at peak performance, efficiency, and reliability with a comprehensive maintenance checkup from one of our highly trained technicians. We perform several furnace repair and maintenance services that can help you feel confident in your heater’s performance this winter.
2. Change the Filter
Your furnace’s air filter traps dust, dirt, hair, dander, and other contaminants before they make their way into your ventilation system and spread throughout your home. Your filter should be changed approximately every three months, depending on whether or not you have animals or allergies-prone individuals in your home. If you do, check the filter every two months instead.
3. Turn It On
It sounds obvious but testing your furnace is one of the most important things you can do before the season begins. Many people need furnace repair right when the season starts, leading to long wait times and chilly evenings without heat.Start the unit and listen for anything that sounds off or out of the ordinary. It’s not all that common, but internal components wear out and break down from season to season. You will likely hear screeching, banging, rattling, and other unpleasant noises if something has gone wrong since the end of last winter.
If you notice odd smells, strange noises, or anything else that doesn’t seem right, turn the furnace off and call a CHA professional to handle the rest.
4. Check Your Vents
Did you do any rearranging over the summer? Spring cleaning leads to Fall cleaning, which leads to boxes in places we never dreamed. As you enjoy the productivity of your labor over the summer, be sure to check that you have not put anything in front of a vent.
5. Remove Stored Items
Did you place anything in front of, around, or on your furnace after you turned it off in the spring? While we recommend that you never store flammable items near your furnace, we understand that it does sometimes happen. So take a few moments to double-check your space. If you did store any items near the furnace, make sure they are far away from it when you turn your furnace back on.