Summary: Winter is here. These are the most important furnace maintenance tips you need to know for the colder months.
Regular furnace maintenance and cleaning is are tasks that can easily be forgotten. Locked away in the basement, your furnace is often left to the wayside, which can lead to problems ranging from poor air quality to higher operating costs, and even fire hazards. As we head into the colder months, you should ensure that your furnace is working at its absolute best. Here are just a few maintenance tips on how you can ensure your furnace is working properly for the winter.
- Have a Look Around
Your furnace is a complicated machine that really needs professional maintenance for its inner workings, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a look at it every once in a while. Is the outdoor vent secure and firmly fastened? Is the area around the furnace entirely free of clutter and debris? Have you inspected all of its connections? These are the first things you should do for your winter furnace maintenance, and almost all the remedies for these issues can be handled by you with some elbow grease (and maybe a screwdriver).
- Swap Out the Filters as Needed
Furnace filters need to be replaced once or twice a year, at least, depending on your furnace’s age, type, and filter style. Most furnaces make swapping out the filter as painless as possible, so you can check it, take it out, and put in a fresh one in a manner of minutes. Of course, if you are unfamiliar with your furnace, contact a professional for a full inspection. They can also teach you how to replace the filter and recommend the proper one for your furnace.
- Get Your Home Ready
A furnace is one piece of your home’s HVAC system, but not the only important part. You should also have a look around your home to ensure everything is clear, including any ducts and vents that you may have closed over the past couple of months.
Your home’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need thorough inspection on a regular basis as well. Smoke detectors should be installed in every major room of your home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be on every floor. Wander around your home and inspect all of your detectors, and have replacement batteries ready.
Regular furnace cleaning and maintenance helps you save money on heating during the winter. Combined with other regular maintenance like carpet cleaning, a well-maintained furnace can also keep the air in your home clean and free of allergens. If you cannot remember the last time you looked at your furnace, you should book an inspection immediately. With a properly functioning furnace you will most likely have lower heating bills, cleaner air in your home, and a warm and toasty winter.