With winter coming quickly, now is the time to make sure that your furnace is in good working order. Don’t wait until the temperatures drop only to find out that you need repairs. Having a certified technician inspect your furnace yearly and perform any routine maintenance that is necessary is a good start. There are also things that you can do yourself that will help cut down on repairs and ensure that you are getting the maximum efficiency from your heating system.

The filter in your furnace should be changed at least once a month in most homes. If you have pets or smokers in the home, they may need changed more often. A clean filter allows the air to flow freely to the furnace and maximizes the heat output. Dirty or clogged filters can lead to improper air flow and cause the furnace to work harder than it needs to.

Make sure that all vents are vacuumed thoroughly to remove any dust or pet hair that has built up over the summer months. Along with cleaning the vents, make sure that they are free of obstructions that will block the air flow into your home. The intake vents that are located around the home should be cleaned as well. If the intake vents become blocked or covered, your furnace won’t receive enough fresh air to run at maximum efficiency.

These are just a few small things that every homeowner can do to make sure that costly (and inconvenient) breakdowns don’t occur this winter. While these things can help keep your furnace running smoothly, they won’t replace a thorough inspection by a knowledgeable technician such as those at Turner Heating and Cooling.