Get your furnace ready for this cold!
We’re now in the throes of full winter and many families are cranking up the furnace for the first time in several months. Before you get too far into the winter it’s worth asking whether your furnace is ready to handle the heavy workload ahead.
Your heat might be working fine right now, but there are some important jobs you can take care of to make sure your family stays warm and comfortable as winter drags on.
Score a new air filter.
This is one of the easiest and most useful things you can do for your furnace right now. A new air filter every 3 months helps your furnace send out clean air as efficiently as it’s designed to.
A clean air filter helps keep your energy costs down and reduces wear and tear on the moving parts inside your furnace.
Simply slide the old air filter out the side of the furnace and slide the new one in, lining up the arrows. You could upgrade to a HEPA filter for even better performance.
Survey your air vents.
Blocked or closed vents make your furnace work harder than it should. And when your furnace works hard, your energy bills go up.
You may have closed the vents or rearranged your furniture over the summer without considering the location of the vent (with the increasing cost of utilities, many people go without air conditioning in the summer, so the closed vents don’t really impact comfort inside the house).
Check the vents in each room to make sure they are open and unobstructed. If you’re a thorough kind of person, pull off the register and vacuum in and around the end of the vent to remove dust and pet dander.
Make a little room in the furnace room.
The furnace room is a tempting storage space, but storing dusty boxes of rarely used stuff around your furnace can be a safety hazard that impacts your system’s performance.
Good air flow helps your furnace maintain the high efficiency you paid for, and that takes space. Do your furnace a favour and stack the Christmas decorations in the garage when you take down the tree after the holidays.
Test your thermostat.
Homeowners often forget to check the basic thermostat settings when the seasons turn. It should be set to HEAT with the fan set to ON. Leaving the fan on all the time improves the movement of air through the house, removing cold spots and cutting out the possibility of stagnant air problems around the house (like mould).
Raise the temperature setting 5 degrees above the current room temperature. The air coming from your vents should heat up noticeably right away. If it doesn’t, get a member of our team to come have a look.
Schedule a furnace service.
It’s like an annual dental cleaning for your furnace. A qualified HVAC technician can professionally clean all the critical moving parts of your furnace, spot potential problems before they become expensive repairs and keep your system running efficiently – saving you money and the inconvenience of a breakdown.
Get in touch with a local member of our team in Durham region to schedule your maintenance so your furnace gets through the winter without a hiccup.