It’s almost that time of year again! The leaves are going to start to change color, the air is getting crisp and fall will soon be in full swing. And at Express Tech Air we also know that this means one thing: the furnace will be running non-stop for months on end. As a homeowner, it’s important to know how to properly take care of your furnace so you can enjoy those cold winter nights without having to worry about being warm and staying warm. Here are some tips on how you can take better care of your furnace as we head into the colder months!
Why it is Important to Take Care of Your Furnace
There are quite a few reasons why it is important for you to take proper care of your furnace. It is important to take care of your furnace because if you don’t, it can lead to a lot of problems. For example, not only will you have heating issues that could potentially cost thousands upon thousands of dollars in repair bills – but they also take away from the enjoyment and comfortability factor associated with having heat during those cold winter months. After all, who wants to take a shower in the middle of January with no heat? Not us.
One thing we want you to keep in mind is that it’s not too late to start furnace maintenance! If your furnace hasn’t been taken care of yet and needs some work done on it before winter, you still have time to take the proper measures to care for your furnace and make sure that it is in tip-top shape when the colder months come around.
How to Take Care of Your Furnace
It can be difficult to take care of your furnace if you don’t know how. Here are a few ways that you can help ensure your furnace is working throughout the colder months!
Keep Flammable Objects Away From Your Furnace
One of the most important things to take note of when it comes to taking care of your furnace is to make sure to keep all flammable objects a good distance away from it. This can sometimes include dried leaves that have found their way into your home. If that is the case these leaves need to stay far away from your furnace and be removed immediately. Even without the help of dry autumnal air, flammable objects near furnaces are often dangerous and can lead to fires if you aren’t careful. Make sure any dried-up plants or other items that could easily catch fire are not close by before turning on your furnace this fall!
Clean the Vents
The vents of your furnace take in a lot of air on their own, and this means that they pick up quite a bit of dust as well. Because of this, it is important to make sure you clean the lint from those vents before having to turn on your furnace during the colder months! If not cleaned out properly beforehand, there is more potential for blockages within those vents that could hinder the airflow of your furnace. Not only will you want to take care of this before it gets cold, but make sure you keep an eye on those vents throughout the winter months as well and be sure to clean them regularly throughout the cold season.
Check Your Thermostat
One of the very first things you should do before turning your furnace on is to take the time to make sure that everything with your thermostat is working properly. If it’s not responding correctly or if there are any radio signals interrupting its reception, then you could run into some problems when trying to use it this winter. You may also want to consider getting a new one altogether if you notice that your current one is not working properly. It’s always a good idea to take care of these things before the colder months since it will make for fewer headaches down the road!
Replace Your Filters
When it comes to replacing your filters, this is one of those things that many homeowners take for granted. Many people don’t know how to properly change an air filter, and even if they do, can be forgetful about it or simply put it off until later. But changing your furnace’s air filter every month (more often in heavily polluted areas) is an easy way to take care of your furnace, and can also help you save money in the long run.
Keep Your Furnace Clean
Your furnace can take a beating over the colder months, and as such it’s important to make sure you take care of your unit. Cleaning out dust or debris from inside your furnace at least once every year is an excellent way to take care of it without too much effort on your part!
What to do if Your Furnace isn't Working
If you are going through all of these steps to prepare your furnace for the cold and find that there is a more serious problem don’t panic. If you happen to notice weird sounds or strange smells coming from your furnace you need to contact the HVAC pros immediately. Try to remember whether or not you changed anything right before your furnace started acting up because even the smallest of details can help them come up with the proper solution.
Let us Help Take Care of Your Furnace!
Now that you know how to properly take care of your furnace as we head into fall, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be ready for even the coldest of temperatures! Our team at Express Tech Air is extremely skilled with years of experience under their belt and would love the opportunity to take care of your furnace for you. We have been in business since 2009 and take pride in being one of the most reputable HVAC companies around! For more information about how you can take care of your furnace and make sure it is in good shape before colder weather sets in contact us today!