The chill of winter is right around the corner and if your home’s furnace is not ready, it can mean some uncomfortable times ahead for you and your family. Keeping your home’s heating furnace in good shape means taking a few moments and making sure it’s ok for the cold weather ahead. Getting your homes furnace in Downriver Michigan ready for the winter weather ahead doesn’t take long and can save you from some freezing nights that will be here soon. Here are some tips to help.
Tips to Prepare Your Furnace in Downriver Michigan for Winter
Having a working heating system in your home is a must when the cold weather arrives. We regularly have temperatures well below freezing which can become a serious situation if your heating system or furnace isn’t working correctly. The time to worry about if your heating system or furnace is not on those super cold nights but well ahead so you don’t have to face those freezing cold temperatures with a furnace that isn’t working properly. The following is some tips to ensure your furnace is ready for those cold nights and that you can get some peace of mind knowing your furnace is ready to take on those colder weather days.
Replace the Air Filters in Your Heating System
One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to keep a clean air filter in place. Air filters are relatively inexpensive but provide a critical component of the system. As with any type of heating and cooling system the air should circulate through the system easily. An air filter is designed to filter out any dust or debris that is included in that air. Once the air filter starts to get clogged with dust and debris it starts to restrict the air flow in the system. This can lead to a number of problems. The first being that the unit needs more power to circulate the air in the system due to the restriction. That not only causes the unit to use more power but it also puts more stress on components such as fan motors and blowers. Changing your air filter regularly is one of the easiest ways to make your system last longer and use less energy.
Check All Vents and Registers
Another area you should check regularly is the vents and registers in your home. Having many registers that are blocked in some way is bad. This can happen by simply turning the register off or some other item could be blocking the register such as a rug or furniture. Make sure the vents and registers are clear to allow your heating system to properly circulate air around your home. In fact, any vent or register where air flows through needs to be clean and clear to allow for maximum air flow. Closing off vents in rooms that are empty or not used may seem like a good idea but it can have severe consequences when it comes to your home’s furnace.
Clean Around Furnace
The area around your furnace also needs to be clear of debris. Since most furnaces are located in the corner of a basement or storage room it can become an area that is quickly filled with boxes and other items. Keep the area around the furnace clear of this debris and it furnace should have a minimal clearance around it. Depending on the type and model of furnace you have those requirement can change but it’s always a good idea not to have items stacked right up against the system. One some open air furnaces this can become extremely dangerous as well which lots of paper is present.
Have Your System Properly Inspected and Maintained
In order to fully have your furnace ready for the cold weather ahead be sure to get a full system inspection. At Superior Comfort HVAC we can inspect your home’s furnace and make sure it is working as it should. We can also provide duct cleaning service and more. Give us a call today to schedule a maintenance appointment for your home’s furnace in Downriver Michigan. We also offer 24/7 emergency services if your furnace goes out on those cold nights.