Monday, November 7, 2016
It seems like winter is creeping up on us quickly. And while you may have already relied on your heating system to keep you warm during these chilly fall days, you will definitely put your furnace to good use come the winter. Make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape for the freezing days ahead, with these preparation tips:
Change your filter- This is the simplest way to keep your HVAC system working properly. Not only will routine furnace filter changes help keep you warmer, but they will keep energy costs down and ensure the air around you is clean.
Swap out window screens for storm windows- Installing storm windows will help decrease the amount of heat leaking through your windows and can also help lower your energy bills.
Inspect your chimney- Check your chimney for any obstructions like birds nest or debris, that could have formed over the summer. Be sure there is no significant soot buildup, which can be a fire hazard. If you haven’t had your chimney inspected in a while, call your professionals to clean the ducts.
Make sure your thermostat is working properly-If your thermostat is not working correctly, it could affect the efficiency of your heating system. Monitor how your thermostat responds by turning it on and seeing if it starts up immediately without any problems.
Uncover your vents- Throughout the year, furniture is often moved around and new furniture is brought into the home. Double check to make sure that nothing is blocking your heating vents. Blocked vents are not only useless since heat can't get out, but they can also drive up your heating bill and increase your risk for an overheated furnace.
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.