Furnace Preparation for Winter

Preparing your furnace for freezing temperatures is important, and if you take the necessary steps you’ll not only extend the life of your furnace, but you’ll also lower your monthly gas bill.  Regular maintenance and occasional checkups by a licensed HVAC contractor are crucial, and should not be overlooked.

Increase Furnace Lifespan, Decrease Gas Bill

Below, I’ve listed some easy steps you can take to make sure your natural gas furnace continues to perform efficiently and effectively throughout the winter season.

  • Have an HVAC service technician inspect your furnace: You may certainly be a handyman, but you’re not a licensed HVAC professional.  Call a reputable HVAC company and have them send a licensed service technician out to your home for a furnace inspection.  They’ll perform a thorough inspection of your flues and temperature settings, examine your heat exchanger for cracks, and check the safety mechanisms on natural gas units.
  • Clean or replace the filter: Be sure to check your filter before firing up your furnace for the winter.  Having an obstructed filter can suppress heated airflow from your furnace, which forces it to work harder and output less heat.
  • Clean off the blower vent and the blower blades: A lot of dust and dirt can accumulate on these and make your furnace less efficient.  If these two components aren’t cleaned for a long period of time it can burn the motor out.
  • Make sure your vents are adjusted for winter: There are a lot of people who don’t realize it, but air circulation throughout a home can be adjusted through the vent fixture and by the flue.  Because heat rises, you’ll want to make sure you have your upper level flue pipes closed.  This will ensure maximum heat throughout your home.
  • Clear all objects away from your furnace and water heater: Be sure all boxes, clothes, papers, furniture, and any other flammable objects are moved away from your furnace.  Fires can start a lot easier than you think.

I hope these tips have shed some light for you.  Stay warm this winter!

Author:  Bryan is an avid writer for Vogel Heating, a St. Louis furnace repair company. He has a deep passion for innovation and strives to be creative on a daily basis.

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