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Preparing Your Furnace for Winter

You are more likely to depend on your furnace during the cold months. That means you’ll need to prepare your furnace for the season. At Absolute HVAC Service, we’ve put together some tips to get your furnace ready for winter.

Replace Filters

Furnace air filters remove particulates and other contaminants from the air that circulates through your furnace, ensuring the air that comes out of your heating system is safe to breathe. The particulates and contaminants will eventually build up on the air filters and cause the unit to strain. That’s why you should change your filters regularly. If your furnace uses disposable filters, it’s advisable to replace them every 1 to 3 months. If you live in a dry, dusty climate, you’ll need to change your furnace’s air filters more often to keep your unit in good working order.

Clean Air Vents

Your furnace’s air vents will accumulate dust and dirt over time, thereby reducing your furnace’s efficiency in distributing heat. Besides, clogged air vents can worsen your indoor air quality. You should have the air vents cleaned before the cold weather sets in. You’ll know it’s time to have air vents cleaned if you notice poor airflow in the house and visible dust coming out of your vents.

Here are the steps to follow to clean your furnace’s air vents.

  • Turn off your heating system and unscrew the protective panel and grille
  • Use a high-powered vacuum to suck up all the dirt and debris inside the air vents
  • Brush off the protective panel and grill, then screw them back on

Perform Ductwork Maintenance

Before turning on your furnace for the winter, you’ll want to have your heating system’s ductwork cleaned and inspected for leaks. Like with other components of your furnace, dust, debris, pet dander, and dirt will find their way onto the ductwork, causing your heating system to strain. You should have a ductwork professional from a reputable HVAC company check the ductwork to ensure your furnace is ready for winter.

Schedule Fall Furnace Maintenance

To keep your furnace in good shape, you should schedule regular furnace maintenance. Perhaps the most important time to schedule a tune-up and maintenance is just before winter begins. An HVAC specialist will examine the components of your furnace and check for any defects. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace when cold weather sets in, only to find that the unit is in disrepair.

Call Absolute HVAC Service for All of Your Furnace Service Needs

Is your furnace in disrepair and you are looking for a trusted HVAC company to make repairs? Are you looking to install a modern furnace in your new home? Is it time to replace your deteriorating furnace? Absolute HVAC Service is here to help you with all of your furnace needs. We are a full-service HVAC company that provides a wide range of HVAC services, including AC repair, HVAC installation, thermostat replacement, furnace repair and replacement, maintenance services, and more.