Sometimes we wish we lived in a climate where heaters were not necessary. It can be dreamy to imagine living in the tropics with fresh fruits and coconut water all year long, but unfortunately, that’s just not realistic for a lot of us. And plus—we love having access to all four seasons and the fun events that come with them, so it’s worth the price of a heating system.
As we jump into October, it’s becoming clear that heating season is upon us. We need to be ready for the steady drop in temperature that we’re about to experience. Our team provides furnace maintenance in Westlake for homeowners who would like to start the season off strong.
However, if you’re looking for a few extra ways to improve your comfort and keep your system in good shape, then keep reading! We’re going to go over some additional practices homeowners should do to prepare for the winter.
Step 1: Call Us for Maintenance
Before you do anything, it’s a good idea to schedule maintenance with our team. You can do this right now while it’s still fresh on your mind! Maintenance is a service that’s provided by our team, where a professional technician can open your furnace up and ensure it’s working at peak performance and efficiency. We’ll make minor adjustments and repairs so that your home remains cozy this winter.
Not only is maintenance important for the efficiency and efficacy of your heating system, but it’s also vital for your furnace’s safety. If you have a gas furnace, then furnace maintenance is going to keep it from leaking carbon monoxide, gas, or smoke into your home. We’ll be able to tell if any cracks are forming or if there’s any exhaust venting into your house.
Step 2: Change Your Air Filter
It’s always a good idea to start off on the right foot by changing your air filter before the season starts. Lots of dust could have been collected in your furnace’s air filter over the past few months, and you might want to clear it out and replace it. Or, if your air filter is disposable, just throw it out and purchase a new one. This will make you feel better as well as help your furnace run efficiently!
Step 3: Clean Around Your Home and Furnace
Furnaces can sometimes overheat when they’re covered in boxes and old storage containers. This insulates them as they create heat, and they might get so warm that they overheat, run inefficiently, and abruptly shut down.
Make sure that there’s enough space around your furnace system to allow maximum airflow. A crowded or dirty furnace can also be a fire hazard, so it’s always a good idea to keep the area clean.
Step 4: Ensure Maximum Airflow Through Your Home
Through all the hullabaloo of the season, you might forget that your home has air vents throughout it. These air vents need to be cleared so that they can provide your home with the warm temperatures you pay for. Move around some furniture and boxes to allow maximum airflow throughout your home.