The Essential Winter Furnace Maintenance Checklist
Winter is on its way, and as a property owner, you need to ensure that your HVAC system is performing optimally. Dealing with unexpected issues when you need your heater the most can be quite daunting.
Your furnace needs to be able to handle cold temperatures, especially when it drops at night. Poorly maintained furnaces waste a considerable amount of energy and can get quite expensive to repair. Besides, they also emit dangerous fumes, which add to potential health-related issues. However, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that your HVAC system is operating as it should. Here’s an essential winter furnace maintenance checklist from the experts at Air Texas:
1. Replace the Filters
You need to change your filters at frequent intervals. They are relatively easy to install and quite inexpensive. Clean filters are crucial to keep dirt out of your system while maintaining excellent airflow. You can consider replacing your filters each time the weather changes. Carry out monthly inspections and change them out earlier if required.
2. Inspect Your Chimney
Inspect your fireplace for soot and other debris as the chances of build-up are incredibly high. Soot slowly starts to accumulate in your chimney and can result in severe blockages, resulting in toxic fumes like carbon monoxide to enter your property. You should also be on the lookout for birds’ nests on top of your chimney as they are potential fire hazards. Pest can also fall down your chimney and perish. You will then have to call in animal control or pest removal services to deal with the issue.
3. Seal off Air Leaks
Possible leaks in your house allow air to escape, which will slowly start to lower the heat in your property, in turn, wasting a considerable amount of energy. You need to carry out a thorough inspection of your house for leaks like gaps around the chimney, drafty windows, or even damaged weather stripping around your doors. You can add extra insulation, particularly in your basement or attics.
This will eliminate potential air leaks that can compromise your property’s heating efficiency. If you hear constant squeaking from the attic area, it’s best to get in touch with a pest service. They will carry out an inspection before the duct service technicians add extra insulation.
4. Clean All Windows
Once you clean the dirt and dust off all your windows, sunlight will enter. Exposure to the sun will heat up your house, in turn, greatly reducing the strain on your HVAC system, saving a significant amount on energy bills. You can maximize the amount of sunlight by focusing on the south side of your property.
It’s important to hire licensed professionals if you come across any issues. Avoid tackling major problems by yourself, as it can result in serious injuries. The experts have all the necessary tools and equipment and complete all tasks to the highest standards.
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