Winter is fast approaching, and now’s the time to get your furnace ready to keep you warm. While Wilmington, North Carolina, doesn’t experience the level of chill that northern states do, there are still cold snaps. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure your furnace works efficiently all winter. Follow these quick tips to prepare your furnace for winter so it can keep you warm while saving you money on energy bills all season long:
Change Your Filter
Changing your filter is the single most important do-it-yourself piece of maintenance for your system. You should do it every three months before the changing of the seasons. The process for most furnaces is easy. Just slip the old filter out and replace it with a new one. A fresh filter means your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you warm. It also helps to preserve your good indoor air quality.
Check Your Thermostat
Switch your thermostat from cooling to heating and wait to see if it kicks on. Then, set the temperature a few degrees higher than the current temperature, making sure it runs and shuts off when the temperature reaches the target.
Also, if your thermostat is old or non-programmable, it may be time to upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat. As a result, you’ll increase reliability and efficiency and save money on your energy bills.
Uncover Your Heating Vents
Make sure there’s no blockage in front of your heating vents. Not only do blocked vents make your furnace work harder to keep your house warm. They can also cause your furnace to overheat or even create a fire hazard.
Schedule a Professional Inspection
Call in the pros to have your flue pipe inspected, motor oiled, and furnace cleaned and dusted. Regular maintenance is essential to a healthy furnace, and you should schedule it at least once per year. As a result, you’ll minimize your heating costs through the winter.
Do you need help servicing your furnace or other parts of your HVAC system? Call Gideon Heating & Air Conditioning today at (910) 447-2905 for an appointment with one of our professional service technicians.
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