Before the cold winter days arrive, the best thing you can do is to make sure that the furnace is both safe and operational. When the first cold day comes, you do not want to turn on the furnace just to realize it is not working. Before winter sets in is the ideal time to start preparing your furnace. Below are some steps you can take to prepare the furnace.
Clean or replace the furnace filter
Just as the name suggests, the furnace filter usually filters out dust and dirt particles during air intake. It is recommended that the air filter should be cleaned or replaced every 30 days. If you have been neglecting this simple task, you should definitely do it before winter. If you do not change the filter but you run your furnace on a clogged filter, it will take a while to heat the house and you will incur high energy bills.
Clean the ducts and vents
Hot air from the furnace is blown into the house through ducts and vents. It is therefore important that you keep them clean and free from obstructions. Start the cleaning process by wiping the exterior. Check the vents for objects that might be causing a blockage. You will be surprised at the items you will find in the vents. Remove these obstacles to make sure air flows freely.
Check the blower belt
The blower belt also known as fan belt is an important part of the furnace. Check the tension and inspect it for signs of wear and tear. If the belt is loose, the furnace will take longer to heat the rooms and consumes more energy. If you notice cracks or even frayed areas, then it is time to replace the belt. If the belt is loose then you need to tighten it.
Proper care and maintenance are essential in keeping the furnace working properly and efficiently when you need it. Don’t be caught off guard, ensure you properly maintain your furnace.