Top 5 Tips to Prepare A Furnace For Cold Weather

Furnace BarrieAs fall soon approaches and not too long after that, winter is sure to roll around the corner, you will want to make sure your furnace is in good condition and you have done everything possible to ensure a safe and efficient home. We have put together a short list that could possibly help you in doing just this.

  1. Clean Furnace– the inside of your furnace can get pretty dusty and dirty. Before the cold weather kicks in, take some time to call an HVAC professional to clean the inside of your furnace.
  2. Vacuum Furnace– after the inside of your furnace has been cleaned by a professional, they may take a vacuum hose and suck up all the dirt and debris that was loosened. You also can clean the outside of the furnace if there is a lot of debris around the area.
  3. Inspect Furnaces Fan Belt– these belts have been known to get loose or sometimes even crack. While the HVAC professional is there, he will most likely make sure the belt is in good condition. If you see any possible issues with your unit, or possibly questioning the condition of any part of your furnace, don’t hesitate to call us at (705) 503-HEAT (4328). We want to make sure your family is always safe and your furnace stays in good working condition.
  4. Change Furnace Filter(s)– the filter or filters within your furnace are not being used throughout the summer in the same way they will be in the winter. It is best to change these filters before the new season comes in.
  5. Clean Heating Vents– the vents throughout your home can be easily cleaned at the surface by removing the vent cover and vacuuming the entry areas of the ductwork. You can also have a professional come in to not only blow out your ductwork but also clean it.

These tips will not only help you keep your furnace in great condition throughout the winter, but help to keep your family comfortable and safe. Please make sure your furnace is turned off before working in and around it. Also, make sure you have a professional do any maintenance inside your unit as it could be unsafe to do yourself. It is best to have someone who is a professional in furnace maintenance to handle most of these tasks.

How often should I change my air conditioner or furnace air filter?

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A question often asked is, how often should an air conditioner or furnace air filter be changed? There is no exact answer to this because there are so many different attributes to take into account. Not all filters are the same technology, method or size. Also, it depends what size home you have and different attributes your family may have.

Some filters are washable, for instance – electronic air filters that have fin type sections can be washed by hand or even sometimes in your dishwasher and should be done every 3 to 4 months. If your air purifier uses media filters, then you may also be able to wash them out or vacuum them several times before having to replace completely. It is a general rule for standard one inch media filter should be checked once a month and changed every 3 months. Larger box filters can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.

Again, these are just general guidelines and you may find you need to adjust times and methods of changing your air filter depending on your family’s needs. Some reasons you may want to clean/wash or change your air filter more often are if your home contains smokers, if someone in your home has mild to severe allergies, if air is circulating through the air filter more often than other homes.

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