Is your furnace prepared for winter?
The holidays have come and gone and the winter cold it truly setting in. As we begin to buckle down for the coming temperatures, we should make sure we do not neglect preparing our furnaces.
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. Ensure that your outside PVC pipes are clear of snow and ice.
- 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 water appears.
- Don’t set back your heat on your thermostat below 60 degrees. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider an upgrade, as they can increase your heater’s efficiency.
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 Mechanical, 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!