With winter looming, if you’ve been putting off your furnace maintenance, now is an excellent time to prepare your heating system for the even colder weather ahead. A little preparation now will help to ensure your furnace is ready to keep your home warm all winter long.
Here are a few reminders to help with your winter preparations.
Schedule an Inspection
Start with scheduling your yearly, manufacturer-recommended, furnace tune-up and inspection. Having a professional look at your heating system before winter arrives, and your furnace is in constant use, can help to avoid your furnace breaking down. No one wants to be stuck without heat during a long, cold winter night.
Contact the experts at Black Diamond Heating and Air for a furnace tune-up and inspection. Many HVAC experts find that up to 75% of no-heat calls in winter are related to a lack of maintenance. A tune-up from Black Diamond Heating and Air also includes an inspection and a standard air filter replacement. An inspection allows small problems to be caught before they become major issues and costly repairs. Our experts perform a 21-point furnace tune-up. They clean essential parts, replace the air filter, and perform a safety check. This is an inexpensive option, and a great value to gain some peace of mind throughout winter knowing that your furnace has been maintained and ready to handle the cold weather ahead.
Part of the furnace tune-up is to check your thermostat—which is vital. Your furnace may be running just fine, but if there is a problem with your thermostat, it may not be able to signal to the furnace when to turn on or off. Investing in a smart thermostat can also help you to prevent this problem. Thermostats are vital to balance the temperature in your home.
A smart thermostat can save you money and energy by connecting to your phone, allowing you to monitor the temperature in your home from anywhere at any time. You would be able to lower the temperature when you are away from home and raise it before you arrive, saving you money and ensuring a comfortable space. Many smart thermostats can even adjust themselves as they learn your temperature preference throughout the day.
Check Your Insulation
A drafty house will lead to your furnace working overtime to keep your home warm. Look for drafts and add insulation where needed. Consider insulating attics and basements, using window treatments, and weatherstripping to keep the warm air in and cold air out.
Change Air Filters
A dirty air filter will make your furnace work harder to pump air through your HVAC system. A clogged filter can contribute to a malfunction and possibly an expensive repair bill. Ensuring that your air filter is clean and replaced often is especially important during the winter months to ensure the air that you are breathing isn’t full of dust. Since we don’t open our windows and ventilate our homes as we do in the summer, it is especially important to change the air filter during the winter.