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Is Your Furnace Ready for the Deep Freeze?

Frigid temperatures means that your furnace will be putting in lots of hard work in the months to come. Don’t wait until the deep freeze is here to find out that your furnace isn’t ready for it! Take these steps to prepare your heating system for the cold days ahead:

Check The Furnace Filter

We can’t stress enough the importance of changing your furnace filter regularly. Changing the filters can help lower your energy bills by up to 15 percent. It’s important to create a reminder to change your filters every two to three months or when dirty to keep the air clean in your home and to keep your furnace working at it’s optimal efficiency.

Cleaning the Furnace Interior

Over time, your furnace will assemble a collection of debris. This dirt and grit can interfere with the furnace’s efficiency. Vacuum out the debris, leaves and dirt from the combustion air intake hood. This will prevent any obstructions that could lead to a larger problem down the road.

Clear Furnace Obstructions

It’s important to make sure that nothing touches the sides or the pipes of your furnace. These areas get hot and anything that touches it could cause a fire. Keep nearby items at least six inches away from your system to avoid a hazard and to make maintenance tasks much easier.

Consider The Age Of Your Furnace

Furnaces live an average of 18-20 years, depending on the level of maintenance it has had. If your furnace is old and exhibiting signs of wear and tear, you might want to consider having it replaced before the intense deep freeze sets in. Over time, your new furnace will pay for itself in lower fuel bills. Older furnaces could also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, so consider a replacement to keep your family warm and safe.


While these tips are helpful and a great way to start preparing your furnace for the winter, be sure to turn to your trusted professionals for help with any furnace issues. Wahl is here to help keep you warm, comfortable and safe and to help with all of your heating needs. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services offered, visit our website or give us a call at (412) 265-2662.