Furnace Maintenance: Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
Performing regular maintenance on your furnace is a vital part of taking care of your home. However, with winter coming it is particularly important now that you take some time to perform routine maintenance on your home’s furnace. If you are unfamiliar with what furnace maintenance entails, here are a few of the steps you can take to prepare your furnace for the coming winter. However, it is important to remember to make sure that your furnace system is shut down completely before you perform any work on it.
Replace the Air Filter
One of the most important, and easiest, steps you can take to maintain your furnace is to replace its air filter. Your furnace’s filter traps dust and dirt, and prevents this debris from entering your furnace’s system. When a furnace’s filter is not replaced regularly, it will not do its job properly and can reduce the functionality of your furnace. It is then important that you replace your furnace’s filter at least twice a year.
Clean the Vents
Your furnace’s vents are an area of your home that is most likely neglected when it comes to routine cleaning. However, dust and debris can collect within these vents, particularly when you go months without running your furnace. This debris would then be spread throughout your home when you run your furnace, which could cause health problems for you and your family. It is then important to periodically remove these vents and clean them. Additionally, you will want to take a vacuum hose and clean any dirt and debris immediately inside the ducting.
Consider an Inspection
Ultimately, there is only so much you can do on your own to make sure that your furnace is working properly this winter. Thusly, if you have not had your furnace serviced recently, you may want to consider hiring a professional to inspect it, and perform any necessary maintenance and repairs on it, in order to ensure that your furnace will keep you and your family comfortable this winter. Contact us to find out about having your home’s furnace serviced.