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3 Ways to Prepare Your Furnace for Fall

It may still feel like summer with late sunsets, hot days, and ice cream weather, but fall will be here before we know it. Now is the time to make sure your furnace is ready for a seamless transition because we all know that chilly fall weather tends to sweep in suddenly. Be ready for the changing season with these furnace preparation tips.

1. Replace Your Furnace Filter

No matter how diligent you are about keeping your home clean, there are all kinds of particles floating around – dust, hair, dirt, skin cells, you name it. Your furnace has an air filter that’s designed to catch them before they go through your HVAC system and recirculate, but that means those particles will build up inside the filter.

If your furnace filter is clogged, your furnace will have to work harder to heat your home. That leads to high heating bills or potentially larger problems for your furnace. Luckily, replacing your furnace filter is a simple task you can do on your own.

2. Clean Your Vents

Just as your furnace filter will build up a blockage of debris and particles, so will your vents. If you turn on your furnace and your vents are lined with debris, there are two problems you’ll see.

First, the debris will reduce the airflow through your vents, making it more difficult for your furnace to warm your home. Second, the air that does come through will break off some of those particles and circulate them into the air. This can irritate anyone’s airway but it’s particularly worrisome for people with allergies or asthma.

Cleaning your vents is as simple as wiping them down. Make sure you get in between all the slats. If you don’t have a duster that can do this, a rag covering a ruler is a handy DIY tool you can use.

3. Schedule a Professional Furnace Inspection

This is the most important step you can take to prepare your furnace for fall: book a furnace inspection from a knowledgeable professional. This specialist will be able to directly examine and test the critical components of your furnace to make sure it’s in working order before you need it.

This is so vital because only a trained and experienced HVAC specialist has the ability to notice potential problems you otherwise wouldn’t discover until the first cold night hits and you discover that you have no heat or very limited heat.

If you wait until fall to discover that you have a problem, not only will you be uncomfortable the first day or night that you try to turn on the furnace but chances are that it will take days or longer to have an HVAC professional service your system. After all, there will be dozens or hundreds of other homes in your area that are in the same situation, so HVAC professionals will be overloaded with service requests. You could then find yourself without heat for even longer if you need to order a part for your system.

Alternatively, you could book a furnace inspection now so you know that by the time you need it, your furnace will be in working order and ready to keep you comfortable.

Getting Your Furnace Ready for Fall

Fall has so many wonderful qualities to enjoy, like a welcome break from the heat and humidity and an array of stunning colors in the landscape. Prepare your furnace now so that, when fall arrives, you can happily enjoy the season instead of struggling with furnace problems.

To get started, contact our HVAC specialists today and find out how we can help.

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