10 Oct Tip – Make sure to Tune Up Your Furnace to Keep You Warm All Winter
It’s that time again…
In the autumn and winter months, you’ll probably spend more time indoors. This means that your home will be less humid and more prone to temperature fluctuations. That’s why it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is in peak condition before the first frost hits. To keep your home comfortable all winter long, schedule a furnace tune up from a local HVAC company before the first freeze of the season. Here are some tips for getting it done right:
Have your furnace serviced regularly
A furnace tune-up will ensure that all of your system’s components are operating efficiently and safely. A certified technician can inspect the furnace’s motor, fan, controls, gas and electrical systems, and wiring. They may also clean out the ventilation ducts, replace the filter, and perform an energy audit. All these steps will help to prolong the life of your furnace and keep it running safely and efficiently all winter. Not only will a furnace tune-up keep your furnace running efficiently all winter long, but it can also help to reduce your energy bills. Furnaces that are properly maintained operate at higher efficiency than those that are not maintained at all, or those that are poorly maintained. A professional HVAC company can provide maintenance services and should be able to help you identify any maintenance issues that need to be addressed.
Change your air filter
During the winter months, your home will likely become less humid. And, since warm air holds less moisture than cold air, you’ll probably notice that your indoor air is drier than usual. This is a good thing for those with allergies or asthma, but it can also increase the risk that your home will accumulate dust and debris. To reduce this risk and keep your indoor air clean, change your air filter every one or two months. Additionally, your furnace will work harder to keep your home warm during the winter. This can result in higher energy bills if your filter isn’t clean and functioning properly. If your filter is clogged with dirt and debris, your furnace can’t operate as efficiently as it should. A dirty filter can also cause your furnace to operate longer and louder than it should, which can raise your energy bill. If you need help choosing the right filter or changing it out properly, ask your HVAC technician for help. They can help you determine what type of filter is best for your home and help you install and maintain it properly.
Adjust your humidifier and air conditioner
Since your indoor humidity levels will probably be lower during the winter months, you may need to adjust your indoor humidity levels. An air conditioner can help to maintain optimal indoor humidity levels, but only if you set it up properly. Before the first frost hits, make sure that your humidifier and air conditioner are set up and operating properly. Most HVAC professionals will enter your home when they do the furnace tune-up. They can help you set up and adjust your humidifier and air conditioner. Additionally, they can help you select the right humidity level for your home. You can use a humidity gauge to measure the humidity in different rooms in your home.
Check for carbon monoxide leaks
CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless compound that is produced when fuels burn inefficiently. This can pose a serious threat to your health and safety, especially if you heat your home with fuel oil, natural gas, propane, or coal. To ensure that your furnace and CO detectors are working properly and that your home is safe, perform a thorough inspection of your furnace and gas appliances. Your HVAC technician can check the heat exchanger and coils for cracks, missing or broken pleats, and other damage. They can also inspect your furnace for proper combustion and CO detection. Additionally, they can test your CO detectors to make sure they’re working properly. If you notice a problem with your furnace, it’s best to have it addressed as soon as possible. Waiting until the colder weather hits may result in more damage, and your furnace may not be able to be repaired until spring.
Change your hoses
Furnace hoses can become brittle and crack over time. If they break, they can result in a huge mess, a loss of your HVAC system, and a huge bill to replace the broken hose. Typically, all the hoses in your home, including the furnace hoses, will need to be replaced every five to 10 years. Ask your HVAC technician when they recommend replacing the hoses in your furnace. If your furnace hoses are cracked, worn, or have been damaged in any way, you may need to replace them sooner. If you notice any signs of damage, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. Damaged hoses can put you and your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, leaks, and other serious safety hazards. If your HVAC technician recommends replacing your hoses, they can help you select the right ones for your furnace. When you schedule your furnace tune-up, you can ask your HVAC technician for their advice on how to best prepare for winter. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your furnace is ready for the colder weather ahead.