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How to Prepare Your Furnace for the Winter

Prepare your furnace for winter to save money and heat your home more efficiently.

Now that winter is in full swing, it is important to ensure that your furnace will function properly all winter long. A breakdown when the weather is at its worst is not only inconvenient but costly, as well. Therefore, take the time now to keep your furnace in top shape this winter. This will help you avoid the hassle of dealing with a furnace that stops working when the temperatures are in the single digits. Here are some easy ways to get your furnace ready for winter.

Replace the Filter

Having a clean filter is very important when it comes to your furnace. A clogged filter can result in reduced air flow and negatively impact your furnace's efficiency. Changing the filter is an inexpensive, easy way to keep your HVAC system running smoothly this winter. Check with your owner’s manual or contact a heating and cooling specialist for specific instructions on how to change your HVAC filter.

Clean Your Air Ducts

The heat from your furnace is blown through your air ducts. Therefore, check the air ducts every season to be sure that there are no obstructions inside them. Sometimes, objects get inside and create a blockage, especially if the ducts are located on the floor. Clean the exterior of the vent and remove any obstructions.

Check Your Thermostat

Make sure that your thermostat is working properly. Check the batteries and replace them, if needed. If you need a new thermostat, consider installing a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can set different temperatures automatically throughout the day. Many even allow you to change the temperature from a smartphone app. This will help you save money on energy bills.

Have an HVAC Tune-Up

Twice a year, your heating and cooling equipment should be inspected and maintained by an HVAC professional. It is important to have your HVAC serviced by a qualified heating and cooling professional. This can significantly prolong the life of your equipment and prevent costly breakdowns.

For furnace maintenance services, contact All Heating and Cooling today. 

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