For months at a time your heater goes unused which can make it underperform when you turn it for the first time of the winter season. You may think that just because your furnace is not in use that nothing can possibly be wrong with it. The truth is that a lot can happen to keep your furnace from working when you need it most.
Winter is coming. If you’re a fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones, then you know what we’re talking about. The days of soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the pool are now behind us. The snow may not yet be falling, but those temperatures sure are, especially once the sun goes down. For months at a time your heater goes unused which can make it underperform when you turn it for the first time of the winter season. You may think that just because your furnace is not in use that nothing can possibly be wrong with it. The truth is that a lot can happen to keep your furnace from working when you need it most. Discover how you can prepare your furnace so that it not only works for winter, but is working properly and efficiently.

Professional Maintenance

It is wise to have your furnace inspected shortly before those truly cold winter days sneak up on you. September, even October, are good months to call your HVAC professional for routine maintenance on your furnace. You know just how cold it can get in Cleveland, TN, so do not hesitate to have your furnace inspected so that you have the assurance that it will kick on and warm your home upon first use.

Change Your Filters

There is debate about how frequently you should be changing your air filters, but the general consensus ranges from every month to every 90 days. You can inspect the filter yourself to determine if it needs to be changed; it will be quite dirty if it does. It’s always a good idea to stock up on air filters for the winter months so that you can change your filter quickly, ensuring that your furnace will continue to perform admirably.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A malfunctioning furnace can be a dangerous thing. If your furnace is not working properly there are chances that carbon monoxide could fill your home. This is no joke; carbon monoxide poisoning can easily end in fatalities. Be sure that you have working carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to protect yourself and your loved ones. Again, regular furnace maintenance from a professional is the best way to prevent this from ever happening, but always take precautions with carbon monoxide detectors.

Keep Your Furnace Area Clear

Be sure that you do not have items surrounding your furnace, particularly anything that can catch on fire. Also check all vents indoors and exhaust flows outdoors to make sure that you have proper airflow throughout your home without any obstructions.

Vacuum Air Ducts

Don’t worry, you read that right. Lots of dust can build up in your vents and air ducts, which may burn up while running your furnace, possibly subjecting your home to carbon monoxide. Having this done by a professional during your furnace inspection is a smart idea. But you may also uncover your vents and, using the extension hose, vacuum the built up dust yourself.

These are just a few things you can do to prepare your home for winter. Central Heat & Air is your heating professional in the Cleveland, TN, area. Winter is coming, so be sure to give us a call today so that you can know your furnace will keep you warm for another winter.

SOURCES:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-prepare-your-furnace-for-winter.html

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/properly-prepare-furnace-winter-25994.html

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