There’s nothing worse than cranking up the thermostat on a cold day and realizing your heater isn’t working! As the Idaho winter creeps closer, it’s important to make sure that your home’s heating system is ready to work through the cold weather! A poorly maintained furnace can be a serious fire hazard, so it’s worth taking the time to make sure it’s running properly.
Prepare and plan in advance to make sure you’re ready for the coming cold weather. Prepping your furnace for the winter will make sure it’s fully functional, running efficiently, and is safe. Read on for tips and insights on how to get your home ready for the winter!
Check the Air Filters
This is a simple task, but it’s also the most important! An overloaded air filter can be a serious fire hazard. Beyond that, running your heater with a dirty furnace lowers the efficiency of your system. Lower efficiency = higher heating bills! Save your HVAC system from undue strain by checking your filter. If it needs replaced, you should easily be able to find the part number listed on the side of the filter. Then, just order and install a replacement! It only takes a few minutes, and it will give you peace of mind that your furnace is running safely and efficiently.
Test Your Thermostat
This step is also easy! You’ll need a kitchen thermometer (medical thermometers often won’t read lower than the 90 degree range). Just locate your home’s thermostat and set the temperature, then either tape the thermometer to the wall or set it down somewhere near the thermostat. After 15-20 minutes, check the temperature on the thermometer. If it matches or almost matches the temperature on your thermostat, then your thermostat is accurate! However, if the temperature is off by several degrees, your thermostat may need calibrated. It could also be a sign that your system needs serviced. Anything from damaged ductwork to dirty filters can have a negative impact on your system. Learn more about what to do if your thermostat is inaccurate.
Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clear
Your furnace or heating unit needs quite a large amount of clearance on all sides in order to function properly. If you’ve got storage totes, blankets, cardboard boxes, or any other debris cluttering the area, move it! Keeping things close to the unit can pose a fire risk. On top of that, your HVAC system needs to have sufficient space around it to function properly. A good rule of thumb is to keep at least 2 feet of empty space around your furnace. Removing clutter will improve the air circulation. In turn, this will help your system run smoothly.
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