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Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think about winter, we hope you imagine a comfy evening at home. But once in a while winter doesn't want to go along with our plans, and we're left shivering in our own homes. You might not be able to keep a blizzard from rolling through, but you can prevent your heating from being ill prepared for winter. Nobody prefers or deserves a faulty furnace, which is why we prepared this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepared for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

1. Cover Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Around It

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to discharge heat, you'll want to ensure that the area close to the unit itself is free of any yard debris. Clean 5 feet of space or so from any vegetation or rocks. It's also a good idea to ensure it's covered by a piece of tarp or similar material through the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, customarily located in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other materials can steadily build up in the air filter. If it grows unchecked, your heating could lose efficiency and potentially even become a fire hazard. A clear air filter enables air to flow smoothly, sustaining good ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality healthy. To get the most benefit from an air filter, make sure to clean or exchange it every couple of months or in line with manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is vital to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can accumulate a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it now and then will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area around the blower and clean the blades with a microfiber cloth for more efficient airflow. If you notice any unusual noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, hire a professional technician to check out your blower.

4. Search for Gaps or Dents in Your Furnace

Make sure that your furnace doesn't have visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or damage to the condenser unit outside can worsen all kinds of comfort problems, like heat leaking out before it makes it to your ductwork. If there is significant damage, talk to your local technician at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services about checking out the system before the temperatures start falling. This way you can avoid letting a slight gap in the system grow into a major problem.

5. Test Your Equipment Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always wise to make sure your heating or cooling is functioning properly before its busiest season. If not, your heating may be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Doing a test run of your furnace can provide the chance to notice potential problems then and there, while they're still more straightforward to correct. This also burns away any dust that will often have gathered in the air ducts during the fall, removing that burnt smell. When your furnace is in working shape, you can sled away from any HVAC worries.

A Well-Maintained Furnace Is a Great Way to Welcome Winter

Winter weather will be on its way before you know it. If you make an effort to get your furnace prepped ahead of time, you can spend the rest of the season enjoying the holidays, drinking hot cocoa or hanging out with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Be sure to follow the tips above to get your home prepped for next winter!