As the colder months approach, prepare your home’s systems for the weather. First on the list is the furnace, which provides reliable heating. Caring for it in the fall helps you avoid emergency breakdowns that require furnace repairs in the winter. Before turning the heater on, use these tips to help it run efficiently.
What to Do Before Activating Your Furnace
1. Clear Some Space
When you first get into the basement, ensure there’s a clear path to the furnace, with at least three feet of clearance on all sides. This way, the machine can intake an adequate amount of air and release excess heat without becoming a fire hazard.
If there are any flammable items around, such as cleaning products and paint, move them to a different area of the house. Keep combustible objects, including furniture, books, and rags, at least five feet away from the device.
2. Change the Filter
The furnace filter traps contaminants in the air. The unit may be filled with dirt and dust from the last heating season.
Replace the air filter if you have a disposable variety. If the unit is reusable, vacuum it with a hose attachment before washing it with a combination of warm water and mild detergent. Dry the filter overnight before reinserting it.
3. Clean the Furnace
Finally, take a few minutes to clear away any soot and dust that have built up on the equipment over the past few months. Start by using a hose vacuum attachment to pick up loose particles, then wipe all of the external parts with a dry, clean cloth.
If there is soot around the pilot light port or burners, gently wipe these parts off as well. If you notice any loose components when cleaning, stop working and avoid turning on the heat until securing professional furnace repairs.
If you notice anything unusual about your furnace while taking these steps, reach out to Climatech Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Services of Wallingford, CT. Since 1994, they’ve offered furnace repair to homeowners in the area of New Haven County. Providing custom solutions with a seasonal approach, they will ensure your HVAC system is prepared for the late fall and winter. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (203) 269-1600 to schedule an appointment.