The falling temperatures mean that your furnace will be working overtime in the months to come. But before temperatures drop too low, you might be asking yourself, “Is my furnace ready for the deep freeze?” Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out. These steps can help prepare your furnace as temperatures plunge:
Changing the filters can help lower your energy bills by up to15 percent. Filters should be changed every two to three months or when dirty to keep the air clean in your home and to keep your furnace working at its optimal efficiency.
Clear Furnace Obstructions
Certain items should be kept away from your furnace. Never store these in the same space:
Kitty Litter: Kitty litter has ammonia fumes that can corrode the furnace’s heater exchange. The dust can also become caked onto your furnace’s flame sensor and burners, affecting how it runs.
Combustibles: Consider moving things like gas or paint into the garage or an outdoor shed to avoid an unsafe condition.
Furnaces live an average of 18-20 years, depending on the level of maintenance it has had. If your furnace is old and exhibiting signs of wear and tear, you might want to consider having it replaced before the intense deep freeze sets in. Over time, your new furnace will pay for itself in lower fuel bills. Older furnaces could also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, so consider a replacement to keep your family warm and safe.
While these tips are helpful and a great way to start preparing your furnace for the winter, be sure to turn to your trusted professionals for help with any furnace issues. A.B. May is here to help keep you warm, comfortable and safe and to help with all of your heating needs. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services offered, visit our website or give us a call at 913-370-4898.