Winter is coming! Are you prepared? If not, don’t worry. We’re here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss four tips that will help you prepare your heating system for cold weather. By following these tips, you can ensure that your home stays warm and comfortable all winter long!
Change the filter in your furnace
You should clean your air filter every three months. It’s also a good idea to do it at the beginning of winter. A dirty filter can cause multiple issues with your heating system. One of the harmful issues is that the people in the space will be breathing in contaminants. Also, the dirtier the filter, the harder a furnace needs to work. This translates into a higher energy bill and a shortened life span for your furnace. How often you change your filter depends on what is happening in the conditioned space. If there are allergies, pets, or a lot of people in the space, you might need to change the filter more often.
Tune Up Your Furnace
Changing the filter may be helpful, but just as with a car, a furnace needs to be serviced. Temperature Service can help you with his process. We offer Preventative Maintenance programs to fit your needs. This will allow us to identify any problems before they become an emergency. Not only do we give priority to our service agreement members, we also discount our service rate.
Set your thermostat
With energy costs predicted to increase by up to 50% this winter, it is important to heat your space only when it’s necessary. A programmable thermostat will allow you to lower the temperature when the space isn’t in use. Alternatively, a smart thermostat that connects to your smartphone and learns the schedule of your occupancy via geofencing can automatically warm the space while you’re there and turn “set back” the temperature when you leave.
Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector
Gas-burning furnaces produce carbon monoxide. This is a colorless and odorless gas that is normally contained in the walls of the furnace’s heat exchanger. If the furnace has a crack in the heat exchanger, this could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your space. Along with having regular Preventative Maintenance inspections, you can also purchase and use a carbon monoxide detector to be aware if this happens.