End-of-Season Furnace Tips
We still have some time of cooler weather but Colorado’s snowiest months of the year are almost over. This means it is almost time to start thinking about properly storing your furnace. Your home’s heating unit will be out of commission for a new month. Therefore it is important to take steps to ensure it will be in the best possible condition for the next winter season. During this time determine if there are any repairs that might need to be made or if it’s time for a new furnace before next year. Continue reading for end-of-season furnace tips.
Did you get furnace maintenance before the start of the season? If not, it is extremely important to check your furnace before storing it for the summer months. Call your local HVAC professional to have them come check out the heating system. This will locate any issues within the system that should be repaired before storing it for the summer. Make sure that the technician changes your air filter, as it protects dirt and debris from getting into important parts. Also, when the air filter has buildup it restricts the flow of air.
Before storing your furnace for the end of the season, determine if you should invest in a thermostat upgrade. There are new smart thermostats on the market that are programmable for when you are home or away. These smart thermostats are more energy efficient, only using the HVAC system when you actually need it.
Check the Ducts
Clean air ducts are extremely important to the health of the air. Dirt and debris get stuck inside the ductwork. As the air passed through to enter the home, it picks up some of the dirt and debris that is stuck within the ductwork. These polluted air particles or dust can have a direct effect on those who live inside the closed area. To ensure your home gets the freshest air, check the air ducts and clean them when necessary.
Check the Belt
Visually inspect the belt to see if there are any cracks or wear. If there are problems with the belt, replace it when necessary. Also be sure to check the tension of the belt. A loose belt should get a replacement. Call a local HVAC professional if you do not feel comfortable changing a belt on your own.