As the winter months approach in Leesport, PA and surrounding areas, it is time to do a bit of housekeeping to keep your HVAC system working properly. Below are a few tips to prepare your home and your system.
Change Out Air Filters
After a summer of high quality HVAC performance, your system’s filters are probably full of unwanted debris. It is important to change these HVAC and furnace filters before the winter months so that they do not clog your system, forcing it to work harder.
Inspect the Blower and Oil It
Since the blower on your furnace hasn’t been operational for several months, give it a test run to make sure it is functioning properly before you really need it. It is also important to oil your blower annually, and now is a great time to do that.
Clean Vents and Burners
By the end of summer, your burners and heating vents have likely collected dust and debris from lack of use. You’ll need to do a good cleaning before you turn on the furnace for the first time. During the cleaning process, if you notice an obstruction you may find yourself having to pay for unexpected maintenance costs. In the best case scenario, you will start burning dust that will release an odor into your home. During this process, make sure all of the heating vents are open to properly release heat back into your home.
Change Batteries in Alarms and Monitors
It is important to check your alarms and monitors twice a year in your home, especially when your HVAC is not running regularly. Do a test to make sure they are working and they have the sufficient battery life to get you through the winter. These monitors check the levels of carbon monoxide and radon, which can be dangerous if they are not working properly.
Clean Your Chimney
Before you turn your furnace on, make sure you have cleaned the chimney and there aren’t any obstructions. It is possible that debris or even small rodents are stuck in there. If it isn’t cleaned properly, the smoke will come back into your home.
Do You Need An Inspection?
Ensuring that your home and HVAC is ready for winter is critical for comfort and safety. At Taylor Home Comfort, one of our professionals can come to inspect your HVAC and furnace system to make sure you are ready for winter. We provide services for heating and cooling in Leesport, PA. Contact us today for more information and to schedule your inspection. We look forward to servicing you soon.