3 Tips for Maintaining Your Furnace This Winter

November 12, 2019

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Furnace This WinterOne of the homeowner’s biggest fears is having a furnace breakdown in the dead of winter. If you want to avoid frozen days, then you need to make sure your furnace is in top condition and deal with any problems as soon as they arise. However, some preventative measures can go a long way. To make sure that your heating system works when you need it most, consider these three easy tips.

1. Test the Furnace Before You Need It

Even if it’s only the end of summer or beginning of fall and it’s not too hot out, you should fire up the furnace and make sure it works. While some problems may cause your furnace to shut down in the middle of an operation, many problems will prevent your furnace from turning on in the first place. Therefore, you want to make sure that your heating system can turn on the way before you actually need it. This way, you will have ample time to go out and fix whatever problem you may have.

2. Keep Up on Filter Cleaning

If you haven’t cleaned your furnace filters recently or, even worse, you’ve never cleaned them, then it’s time to get to it. A dirty filter leads to much lower overall efficiency for your furnace. In the worst cases, too much debris can prevent your furnace from working at all. Thankfully, cleaning filters is as simple as turning off the heater, unplugging it, opening it up (you won’t need more than a screwdriver) and cleaning the filter. If your unit uses disposable filters, then simply replace the old filter.

3. Check Your CO2/CO Filters

Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide poisoning are incredibly dangerous, so you want to make sure that both sensors are working properly if you’re planning to hunker down for a long winter with your furnace on. Test them to make sure they’re loud enough, then replace the batteries if you haven’t done so in a while.

If you’re still having furnace problems that you can’t quite fix on your own, then it’s a good idea to contact CSL Climate Control Company in Wheeling and get a professional consultation as soon as possible. Contact us for help with heating, cooling, indoor air quality, and thermostats as well.

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