Preparing Your Furnace for Cold Weather

Winter is just around the corner, so it’s a good time to make sure that your furnace is prepared for heavy-duty use. Use these tips to prevent a mid-winter breakdown and to keep your heating costs stay low.

1. Buy air filter replacements in advance.

A dirty air filter not only reduces your furnace’s efficiency--it’s also one of the most common causes of furnace failure. That's why you should always check your furnace's air filter monthly to make sure dust isn't clogging it. In case you get snowed in--or don’t feel like heading out to the hardware store in icy weather--buy a few extra filters to keep on hand.

2. Make sure nothing is stored right next to your furnace.

When the furnace is not in use, some folks will store items next to it or on top of it. Before turning your furnace on, clear items away from the unit to reduce the risk of a fire.

3. Check for blocked air vents.

Do a quick inspection around your home for any air vents that might be covered up by rugs, window treatments, or furniture. Also, make sure that the registers covering those vents are open. Keeping vents open will prevent air pressure issues and allow your furnace to heat your home as efficiently as possible.

4. Test your carbon monoxide detectors.

If your gas furnace malfunctions, it has the potential to release carbon monoxide into your home. Even if you don't own a gas furnace, it's essential to make sure your home's carbon monoxide detectors are working. Not sure if you have the right amount of carbon monoxide detectors or if you've put them in the correct locations? Get CO detector installation tips here.

5. Get your furnace inspected and serviced by an HVAC professional.

Experts recommend getting your furnace serviced and inspected once a year, preferably in the fall (right before your furnace gets put to use). This regular maintenance will help your furnace run more safely and efficiently. It will also help your heating system make it through the winter without any issues.

During the inspection, the technician will test your heating system’s components, including the igniter, heat exchanger, blower, and flame sensor (thermocouple). If there are any issues, the technician will point them out so that they can be dealt with before extreme temperatures arrive.

Learn more about how Morrison Plumbing, Heating and Air provides top-notch furnace maintenance in Belleville.

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