Furnace Preparation | How to Prepare Your Furnace for Fall and Winter

Furnace Preparation | How to Prepare Your Furnace for Fall and Winter

Preparing your home’s furnace begins before the mercury drops. According to the experts from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, the appropriate measures should be undertaken before winter, giving you ample time to make the necessary preparations even before you and your family need indoor heating. Fortunately, the steps involved require little time, effort and tools to perform. 

Here are Some Tips on Furnace Preparation 

One of the simplest furnace preparation tips that almost anyone can do is the replacement of the air filter. Ideally, you should replace the air filter every month. After locating the filter, all you have to do is to remove it and replace it with a new one. Make sure that you check and follow the direction of the arrows on the air filter’s frame.

If your furnace utilizes a flat filter, you might want to consider upgrading it to a pleated filter, electrostatic filter or a HEPA filter. These filters offer the benefits of increased furnace efficiency, fuel and money savings, and improved air flow inside your home.

Air Vent and Duct Maintenance

Air vents and ducts should also be cleaned regularly. To perform this task, you will need to remove the vent covers using a screwdriver. After removing the vent covers, attach an extension hose to your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust.

Inspect the furnace’s blower belts and look for cracks. Start by turning the furnace off by switching off the power at the main circuit breaker. Then, remove the steel cover of the air handler using a screwdriver. After removing the steel cover, look for the largest rubber belt. That is the blower belt. If you notice cracks on the blower belt, replace it.

Conserving Energy 

In order to conserve energy, you may want to engage the setback thermostat of your furnace. This will allow you to lower the temperature while you are away or while you are sleeping and enable you to lower operating costs by as much as 75 percent. If you have an older home, you may want to upgrade to this type of thermostat. Newer homes in California are now required to use this thermostat.

Even if a furnace is in good working order, its performance can be undermined if the area surrounding it as well as its exhaust flue are obstructed by branches, debris and clutter. Make sure to inspect the area near the exhaust flue and remove obstructions. Do the same thing for the areas around the furnace and the air vents.

Finally, an important safety reminder that you should remember when you are working near your furnace is to keep flammable objects away.

Preventative maintenance checks are always a good idea. To schedule a maintenance check on your furnace, contact your local HVAC company in Concord, Ca and have Hometown HVAC take a look at your system as soon as possible!

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