The cool weather, the abundance of carved pumpkins and the changing leaf colors all point to one unavoidable conclusion – snow and cold are on their way. As we begin to prep for the coming season, we should make sure we do not neglect preparing our furnaces for the winter.
For both safety and economic reasons, it is important to ensure your furnace is in good working order, safe and energy efficient. The last thing you want, when the thermostat says COLD, is to find out your heater is not functional.
There are several simple steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your home heating system:
- Change your furnace filters, if not every month, then at least every three months. If you don’t replace them monthly, then you should inspect them once a month.
- Keep the area around your furnace clean from clutter, especially anything flammable. This is also a good time to make sure there are no unnecessary items in front of air ducts or vents.
- Keep in mind the furnace blower is key to the delivery of your heat throughout the house. Make sure it is well oiled and doesn’t make any unusual noises when starting up.
- Drain the values if you have a hot-water radiator(s.) Just open the valves and close them once waters appears.
- Check your thermostat and make sure it’s working. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider an upgrade, as they can increase your heater’s efficiency.
- Although it might be too late to get the best deals now, consider filling up your gas furnace, if you have one, in the summer, when it is cheaper.
These are simple tasks you can do to keep your home’s heating system in good shape. Please keep in mind, that it is in your best interest to call an HVAC professional, such as Lee service, for an inspection. Our team can conduct a maintenance inspection, clean the furnace, change the filter, check for leaks and make sure everything’s in tip-top shape for the cold winter ahead.
For more information or to schedule a review of your heating system, contact the Lee Team today!