Even over this last week, the temperatures have become more mild. Before we know it, Chattanooga is going to cool down a lot! So what do you need to do to ensure your furnace is ready for winter just like you are? We will give you some tips to make sure you stay warm and keep your utility bills as low as possible!
1. Remove screens from windows and replace with storm windows. This will help keep the warm air in and cold air out. This is a huge source of energy savings! Also, you may want to check all door seals to ensure they aren’t letting air in/out.
2. Check your air filter and change it if necessary. This is something you want to do year-round to ensure maximum efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system.
3. Have Your Chimney Inspected. There are a lot of things that can obstruct your chimney, such as birds nests and debris. Also, soot can collect which is a fire hazard. Keep your family safe by ensuring your chimney is in great working order before lighting a fire this season!
4. Clear Debris and Dust From Burners. During the summer months when your furnace is not being used, dust and debris can collect. At the same time, you can also check for rust and misalignment.
5. Oil Furnace Blower (if necessary.) You want all components to be clean and in good working order before winter gets here. The blower motor is no exception. If it makes noise when it starts, it will need to be oiled. Most need to be oiled once per year.
6. Check Your Thermostat. A properly working thermostat is necessary for your HVAC system to work efficiently. You’ll want to make sure the thermostat is starting the system quickly and controlling it properly. If your thermostat is outdated, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. This will keep your home comfortable for you while you’re home, but you can set it to conserve energy while you’re gone.
7. Uncover All Vents. During the warmer months, furniture gets moved around and can potentially block vents. If your vents are blocked, they not only prohibit the warm air from circulating, but they can also cause your furnace to overheat. You also want to ensure the air returns are clear from debris/furniture as well.
8. Make an Appointment to Have Your Furnace Cleaned. This is the busiest time of the year for companies that clean furnaces. You’ll want to make sure you schedule your cleaning as soon as possible. Having your system cleaned will save you money in the long term as it will be most efficient when cleaned.
9. Finally, Switch to Heating. Now that your system has been cleaned and checked, it’s ready to keep you and your family warm this winter.
If you are uncomfortable performing these tasks, always call a professional. If your equipment is clean and properly maintained, it will last much longer than a system that is poorly maintained. You will see the reflection in your utility bills as well!