How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

A man looking at a furnace.

There’s no denying that Kansas winters are very cold! When the temperatures plummet, you rely on your furnace to keep your home warm and comfortable. The last thing you want to deal with on a frigid December evening is a broken furnace. Take these steps to prepare your furnace for winter before a major breakdown occurs. These tips will keep your furnace in top condition all winter long.

Preparing Your Furnace For Winter

Set up a furnace inspection with a trusted professional

While homeowners can do some furnace maintenance themselves, it’s wise to have the system inspected at least once a year, preferably before the cold weather arrives. A licensed and experienced furnace technician will give your system a thorough once-over. They will catch any current or potential problems with your furnace. During the maintenance inspection, the heating service tech will also clean the furnace to ensure it’s working properly.

Replace your air filters regularly

Most professionals suggest changing your furnace air filters about every two to three months. Clean air filters promote proper airflow. Checking filters often allows you to monitor the debris buildup. When your air filters are clean, and airflow is unobstructed your furnace won’t have to work double-time to heat your home. Changing your filters regularly also extends the lifespan of your furnace which will save you money in the long run.

Clean up dirt, dust, and debris around the furnace and from the burners

During the spring and summer seasons, it’s natural for dust and dirt to buildup on and around your furnace. It’s important to clean up any dirt or dust to prevent blockages and rust. One of the biggest keys to a fully functional furnace is keeping it clean. Keeping the furnace and the area around it clean also reduces your risk of fire.

Have your air vents and ducts been cleaned regularly?

Clean air vents and ducts result in open airways which will mean your furnace won’t be overworked. The best way to make sure your furnace is energy-efficient is to make sure the air can flow freely through the vents and ducts. This maintenance task also means the whole family will breathe easier!

You don’t have to invest a lot of time, money, and energy to prepare your furnace for the winter. A great way to automate this home maintenance task list is to set reminders in your calendar to change the air filters. You can also schedule routine visits from your heating company for maintenance. Follow these simple steps to stay warm and toasty all winter long! When you need the help of a professional heating company, call Patriot Heating & AC.

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