Ensure Your Furnace is Ready for the Winter

Ensure Your Furnace is Ready for the WinterFalling outdoor temperatures are a sign that winter is fast approaching, so now’s the time to get your furnace ready for the season. Taking the following steps now can give you peace of mind that everything is working safely, reliably and at maximum efficiency.

Replace the Air Filter

A clean filter is vital for adequate system airflow and efficiency, and to keep your heating costs in check. During the heating season, check the condition of the filter every month and replace whenever it looks dirty or at least every three months.

Schedule a Heating System Tuneup

Have an experienced pro inspect, clean and service the heating system before you start it for the season. A technician will perform numerous tasks to ensure that everything is in good shape for the coming winter. This includes making sure the thermostat is working properly, cleaning and lubricating the blower and checking the belt, and cleaning and testing that the fuel burner is operating properly.

Adjust Your Thermostat Programming

Make sure that your thermostat is programmed with heating season temperature setbacks that match your daily routine. If you don’t already have a programmable model, now’s the time to get one installed so you can effortlessly lower your indoor temperature while you’re asleep or at work to optimize your energy consumption.

Check Your Heating Registers

Remove and clean the register covers, then vacuum as far as possible into the ductwork to get rid of accumulated dust and debris. Make sure that each register cover is fully open for maximum airflow, and move anything that obstructs the registers, like furniture, drapes or area rugs.

Have the Exhaust Flue Cleaned

You can tackle this task yourself, or hire a professional chimney sweep to clean the flue. This gives you peace of mind that it’s free of soot buildup and any obstructions such as leaves, branches or animal nest that could prevent combustion fumes containing deadly carbon monoxide from venting properly.

To schedule a heating system maintenance visit and get the furnace in your Middletown home ready for winter, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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