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How to Prepare a Furnace for Winter

October 14 2021

In this article we will go over how to prepare a furnace for winter. Your furnace is the most important appliance within your house during the winter months. Without a properly functioning furnace, your home will be cold and uncomfortable. Beyond that, an improperly heated house can lead to frozen plumbing and leaks which can be expensive to fix.  

This is why it’s important to begin furnace preparation in the fall so that your home furnace is ready for the season. Keep reading to see how to prepare a furnace for winter so that you don’t find yourself out in the cold once the snow falls. 

Check the Filter

The first thing that you should do to prepare your home furnace is check the air filter. You should replace a filter that is clogged with dust to ensure that your furnace is able to circulate air properly throughout your home. 

As a general rule, you should check and replace your air filter in your furnace every three to six months. If you’ve got a large home and have had issues with your furnace in the past, you may want to check at shorter intervals, even once a month. 

Leaving a clogged air filter in your furnace will increase your energy bills and reduce the amount of heat that your furnace generates.

Check the Vents

Another simple but important thing to do before the winter is to check all the vents around your home. You’ll first want to make sure that they are completely unobstructed and move any furniture or objects which could restrict airflow. 

You should also remove the vent cover and peer into the ductwork, If you see a large amount of dust or other debris, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned out as well. This will improve airflow, reducing your energy bills, while also improving air quality by removing dust and other allergens from your air. 

By maintaining your system well, it will in turn last for many more seasons to come and keep you at a pleasant temperature.

Check the Flue

Your furnace’s flue extends from the furnace to outside your home, acting as an exhaust system. You should check the pipe to ensure that there are no holes that could leak gases into your home, which can be a serious safety concern. 

You should also keep an eye out for obstructions to the end of the flue vent. If something is blocking it, there can be a buildup of gas within the flue, which can damage your furnace. Have any holes or obstructions dealt with as soon as possible by an HVAC professional to prevent any possible complications. 

How to Prepare A Furnace For Winter – Don’t Wait

Now that you know how to prepare a furnace for winter, you should get started right away. Waiting too long to begin your winter furnace maintenance process can leave you with an inefficient or even broken furnace during the first frost.

To schedule a winter inspection and maintenance, contact us at Hanover Supply today!