Winter is right around the corner in the Greenville, North Carolina area, which means now is the time to prepare your furnace. Before cool weather sets in, complete these four furnace maintenance tasks.
Replace the Air Filters
One of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to replace the air filters regularly. Your HVAC system will depend on the air filter to capture dust, dirt, and indoor pollutants that circulate through your home’s air supply. These filters don’t last forever, though, and overused or clogged filters can lead to inefficient HVAC operation. Replace or clean your HVAC system’s air filter as specified by the manufacturer, or if you notice that it is clogged or dirty.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
Many homeowners wait until temperatures really drop to confirm whether the heating system needs maintenance or repairs. Instead of waiting until you need heat the most, contact your HVAC technician who can perform a thorough inspection. Your technician will be able to address any problem that could prevent your heating system from operating efficiently this winter.
Your technician will check your furnace to ensure that there is no problem that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is emitted from fuel-burning appliances such as stoves and furnaces. Checking your furnace for any chance of a leak is a very important part of the maintenance procedure. Even with a thorough check, to reduce your chance of exposure from the furnace or other sources, be sure to install carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home so that you will receive an alert if the gas accumulates to an unhealthy level.
Set the Programmable Thermostat
When cold temperatures settle in, switch the system to heating, and remember to observe recommended programming settings that increase comfort and energy efficiency. Patterns that worked in summer might not be applicable in fall and winter. So to continue to maximize effective use of your thermostat and furnace, be sure to make the relevant adjustments so your furnace can provide heating as necessary, and not waste energy.
Need professional help to prep your furnace for winter weather? Call the heating experts at J & J Mechanical, Inc. at (855) 800-1341 today.
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