Preparing Your Furnace for Fall and Winter

Mother Nature runs hot and cold around our area—and very often on the same day.  That’s why Baltimore homeowners need to be prepared for furnace weather now.  It just makes sense to prepare your heating system for fall and winter, and make sure all of your furnace components are running smooth before the mercury plummets.  The last thing you want, when those nights turn frigid, is a furnace that isn’t able to keep your home comfortable.

Furnace Maintenance Checklist

  • Replace Filters – Unlike the filters of a decade or so ago, today’s furnace filters are designed to attract more of the dust and pollen that can affect the air quality in your home. That’s why they tend to get clogged pretty quickly.  Professionals now recommend homeowners change their furnace (and AC) filters every 4-6 weeks.  A blocked filter will cause your furnace to work that much harder to maintain the temperature in your home.  This puts undue wear and tear on your furnace components, which can lead to costly repairs, and even replacement.  Keep your furnace in good working order by changing your filter.
  • Check Vents for Blockages – Run your furnace for a bit and check around your vents to ensure good airflow.  Look for obvious blockages, and make sure there’s no furniture in the way, impairing flow of either the supply or return vents.  Blocking either vent causes your furnace to work overtime, which can result in needlessly higher bills, and undue stress on your furnace components.  If you feel the airflow is weak, and there’s nothing obviously blocking the vents, contact the professionals at All Seasons to inspect your ductwork.
  • Clean Around Furnace – Over time, dust and debris can accumulate around your furnace and get pulled into your system, causing blockages or posing a risk to your HVAC system components.  Sweep and vacuum around your furnace in preparation for fall and winter usage.
  • Make Sure Thermostat Is Working Correctly – Your furnace can’t create a comfortable home environment if your thermostat isn’t working.  Switch the control from “cool” to “heat” and set the temperature a few degrees higher than the room temperature.  Listen for the furnace to engage.  Also, pay attention to the sounds your furnace makes during operation.  If the thermostat doesn’t engage your furnace, or the sounds you hear are unusual, contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling for HVAC service right away.  You could have a faulty thermostat or it might be that one of your furnace’s other components is in need of repair.

Furnace Maintenance Service in Baltimore

The surest path to peace of mind that your furnace is ready to take on whatever winter throws your way is to have professional HVAC inspection and furnace maintenance performed seasonally.  The professional technicians at All Seasons Heating & Cooling have 50 years of combined experience helping Baltimore and Annapolis homeowners stay warm and comfortable all winter long. Be sure your furnace is ready for the coming temperatures before the mercury plummets.  Contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling today and schedule your furnace tune-up.

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