As the days begin to get shorter and the temperatures begin their steady decline from the sweltering summer days, it is wise to determine if your furnace and heating system is ready for the inevitable cold days ahead.
As winter approaches in the Northern Kentucky – Greater Cincinnati area , every homeowner benefits from double checking to make sure their furnace is operational, energy efficient, and above all: safe. So what exactly do the furnace contractor experts at AnyWeather Heating & Air recommend?
Replace Your Air Filter
The importance of this step cannot be overemphasized, and is job 1 for a homeowner to ensure the furnace runs worry free when it is needed the most. Since it was last changed, your current filter has trapped dirt, dust, allergens and all manner of airborne threats to your system. Retire it to the garbage can and get a new one.
Give Your Furnace Exterior, Vents and Duct Covers a Little Love
Most of us have heard of Spring cleaning, but Fall is a good time to break out the vacuum cleaner or soft brush and remove dust and cobwebs from the furnace exterior, as well as vent/register covers, cold air returns and baseboards. Keep the area around your furnace free of clutter to promote good air flow.
Program the Thermostat
Don’t forget to program your thermostat to adjust to the changing season.
Inspect Your Blower Belt
Inspect the blower belt for cracks and if you spot any, get the belt replaced.
Test Drive, Boot Up, Dry Run, Yadda
Whatever term suits your vocabulary, turn on the heat function on your thermostat and bump up the temperature until your unit kicks on, then run it for a brief spell to ensure it will run when you need it. Get your ears involved and listen for any suspicious sounds. If you hear any, it’s wise to consult with a knowledgeable pro.
Have a Gas Furnace Inspected for Leaks
Have a qualified technician inspect your gas unit for leaks. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure and helps ensure the safety of both your home and its occupants.