Fall Maintenance for Your Furnace
With the fall season well underway, you may have already gotten some use out of your furnace. Before you start using your furnace full time, you may want to take some time and get it ready for the cold nights ahead. One of the best ways to prevent damage to your heating system and lengthen its potential life is to ensure that it receives proper maintenance every single year.
In general, the best time of year to provide basic furnace maintenance is before the heating system begins. However, this can be a busy time of year with school starting up and workloads getting heavier. That being said, it is never too late to do a quick inspection of your heating system, especially if you rely on it to keep you warm all winter long.
Pick Up Some Replacement Filters
The beginning of the season is the best time to stock up on all the filters you will need for the fall, winter and early spring. Make sure you purchase the right filters for your system so that they properly remove contaminants from your recirculating air. Not only will a clean filter improve the energy efficiency of your unit, but it will also prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your system. By getting a full supply all at once, you will have no reason to avoid changing out the filter.
Do a Basic Inspection of Your System
You may be surprised at just what a simple inspection can do for your HVAC equipment. Even if you do not know much about your heater or furnace, you can inspect the wires and pipes for rust or corrosion. If the pipes or wires are rusting, there is a chance that your system could suddenly stop working when you need it most. Further, dust accumulating on the heating coils can indicate that the system is in desperate need for a checkup. The last thing you want is for all that dust to end up in the air that you breathe.
Other obvious problems that you want to look for include leaks and airflow issues. Not only can these leaks and airflow problems result in poor indoor air quality for you and your family during the fall and winter, but it could be dangerous for your home. If you do find a problem, get a professional to help you fix it before it becomes a major catastrophe.
Schedule a Fall Tune Up
Although you are the first line of defense for your heating system, you may not have all of the necessary knowledge needed to keep your system running smoothly. As such, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional HVAC contractor you trust. During the tune up, there are multiple things that they will check, including the pilot light, the motors and the combustion chamber and heat exchanger condition. The vent pipes will also be checked to ensure that CO is not being pumped into the home.
There is another major reason you should consider having a professional HVAC contractor. Some manufacturer and extended warranties can become voided if the equipment is not regularly maintained by a licensed professional.
Stay Efficient during the Winter
Although regular maintenance can have some costs to it, you will find that the positives of regular maintenance far outweigh the risks. Not only will regular maintenance extend the lifespan of your current heating system, saving you more in long run, but you can also make your home more comfortable. By keeping your heating system maintained, you will never need to worry about coming home to a cold home after a long day at work.