How to Prepare Your Furnace for the Heating Season

If you own a furnace, you need to keep it in top shape to ensure you stay warm throughout the heating season. Your air conditioning system has been running all summer long, so it may seem as though no new problems should have developed with your heating system. However, your furnace may be inefficient due to dirty components or minor problems that could lead to further damages later on. Your best bet is to take care of maintenance tasks now before they become major repair needs. Here are some of the ways you can help get your furnace ready for the heating season.

  • Change the Furnace Filter: One of the best things you can do for your heating system is changing the furnace filter. This should be done about once a month, but the frequency may depend on how often you use your unit. A dirty filter allows dirt and contaminants to move into your ductwork. Furthermore, a clogged filter keeps your furnace from drawing the necessary amount of air into the furnace. This means your motor must work harder and run longer, using more energy and wearing out your unit.
  • Remove Any Obstructions from Vents: The thermostat in your home lets your unit know when to turn on and off. But if household obstructions block the vents, it will take longer to reach the desired temperature, meaning your furnace cannot efficiently heat your home. Be sure that all vents are open and that nothing blocks your vents from drawing in or distributing air.
  • Schedule Maintenance: The most important step you can take towards a more efficient and better performing furnace is by scheduling heating maintenance with an experienced technician. Heating maintenance involves cleaning and inspecting your system, as well as tightening connections, checking the thermostat, and making any adjustments that may be done without major repairs. The technician will let you know whether you need to schedule additional services.

If you need to schedule professional furnace maintenance, or if you have any other questions about maintaining your furnace in Waynesville, give us a call today and talk to one of the friendly technicians at Comfort Central, Inc.!

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