Fall is approaching and winter’s just a few months away, so now is a great time to start preparing your Seattle furnace for the cold weather that is to come. It’s never too soon to start winter-izing your home. After all, it’s better to prevent problems from arising sooner rather than later, since furnace repair companies tend to get booked up as the winter nears. Outlined here are steps you can take to prepare your Seattle furnace for winter.
Have Your HVAC System Inspected by a Professional
Have a professional come to your home and inspect your Seattle furnace to ensure that it’s in good working order. Hiring a professional to examine and clean your furnace is something you should do every year before you start using it. During a standard check-up, an HVAC professional may do the following:
- Check airflow
- Inspect the thermostat
- Inspect the filter and change it
- Clean the evaporator coil
- Clean your heating system’s ducts
- Check electrical components
- Oil the motors
- Check the heat exchanger for cracks
Having a professional inspect and service your HVAC system is well worth the investment because it’ll help to ensure that your furnace runs safely and efficiently all winter. Set up an appointment with a Seattle HVAC company by fall, at the latest, because HVAC companies often get busy in the wintertime.
Replace Furnace Filter
Furnace filters protect your furnace from dust and debris and remove bacteria and allergens from the air. When a furnace filter gets clogged, it makes the furnace work much harder than necessary. If you use disposable filters, stock up on them, and be sure to change your furnace’s filter once a month. If you use a reusable filter, wash it on a regular basis.
Make Sure There’s Nothing Flammable near Your Furnace
Prior to turning on your furnace or water heater for the first time, make sure there’s nothing flammable next to it. In addition, the space around your Seattle furnace should be cleared to ensure that it operates efficiently.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Get a programmable thermostat if you don’t have one already. Programmable thermostats are far more accurate than manually programmed thermostats and boast energy-saving benefits. They allow you to precisely control the temperature in your home and thus prevent you from wasting energy. Lowering the temperature in your home by even a couple of degrees while you’re asleep or at work will enable you to lower your heating bills significantly.
Need Help Tuning up Your Seattle Furnace?
Have your heating system checked out by an HVAC professional before the winter arrives to ensure that it continues to keep your home safe and warm. MM Comfort Systems has been providing heating services in the greater Seattle and Tacoma area since 1977. We offer planned maintenance agreements that cost less than calling in for service on an unplanned basis, and there are no ongoing contracts. For more information about MM Comfort Systems’ Seattle heating services, please call 425.533.9058 or fill out our online form for a Seattle Heating Service request.