The kids have eased back into their school routine. The leaves are changing colors and the stores are selling Halloween and soon, Thanksgiving decorations. Even a nice cup of hot cocoa can’t keep you warm inside. It’s time to forget about the AC and switch over to your furnace. But is your HVAC system ready to start cranking out the heat, or does it need a little TLC first? Check out these tips to make sure your furnace is ready to run at peak performance this coming winter.
1. Switch the thermostat to heat.
On your thermostat, flip the switch from heating to cooling. Set the temperature a bit warmer than the current temperature in the room. If the heat doesn’t kick on within 60 seconds, remove the cover and check to see if the wire connections are secure. If everything looks good, make sure the power source that goes to the HVAC system is on. If the heater still won’t turn on, contact a professional HVAC technician to check to see if there’s a problem with the heat pump, fan or blower.
2. Replace the air filters.
Each HVAC unit is different, but you should have air filters concealed in a vent grill that’s located in the ceiling or a wall. You could also have a single filter located in the actual HVAC system. Our advice is to change the filters every three months. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, all you have to do is wash it out and reuse it. By replacing or cleaning your air filters regularly, your HVAC system is more efficient and its lifespan is prolonged.
3. Clean the heat exchanger annually.
Heat exchangers should be brushed and vacuumed by a professional HVAC technician once a year and during this time, the unit has to be fully disabled. It’s important for the professional to look for cracks that could leak dangerous carbon monoxide into the home while performing the service.
We are only scratching the surface in regards to each step that should be taken to get a furnace ready for the winter. For the best-running furnace, our advice is to have a professional from Green Home Solutions, LLC come out and perform all necessary maintenance before the winter arrives. Contact us today!
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