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How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Winters are no joke, especially in the Baltimore area, which means that you'll want to make sure that you're ready once temperatures begin to drop. One of the most important ways to prepare for the colder days of winter is by making sure that your furnace will be ready to go. The last thing you'll want is to realize that your furnace isn't working effectively or efficiently right when you're depending on it most.

The following are a few tips on how you can prepare your furnace so that it's ready for the upcoming winter:

  • Replace the air filter - Check the air filter before you begin using your furnace. If it's dirty, replace or clean it. Once you begin using your furnace, make sure that you replace it every month. A dirty filter will obstruct the airflow, making your furnace less effective and less efficient.
  • Upgrade your air filter - If your furnace is using a flat filter, consider upgrading to a better filter, such as a HEPA filter, an electrostatic filter or a pleated filter. These types of filters help to boost the energy efficiency of your furnace by making it easier to distribute heat throughout your home.
  • Clean the air vents and ducts - Dust and debris can build up in your air vents and ducts over time. You can clean your air vents by removing the covers using a screwdriver and then using the extension hose of a vacuum cleaner to suck up any dirt or dust that's present.
    • If it's been a while since the duct system has been cleaned, you may want to consider hiring a professional duct cleaning service. The cleaner your air vents and ducts are, the easier it will be to heat your home and the better your air quality will be.
  • Check the outdoor exhaust flue - Make sure that there are no obstructions around the outdoor exhaust flu, such as a bird nest or branches.
  • Clean the area around the furnace - Before you begin using your furnace, make sure that the area around it is clear. Nearby debris and clutter can result in a fire hazard.
  • Make sure all air vents are open - Go through your home and open up all the vents. Make sure you don't have furniture blocking any vents. When your vents are open and unobstructed, heat will be distributed more efficiently and more evenly throughout the house.
  • Schedule a professional inspection - Make sure that your furnace is in good condition by hiring a professional to do a thorough inspection. A professional inspector will check the condition of the furnace's components and clean, lube, repair or replace any parts when needed. A professional tune-up can help prevent issues from developing in the middle of winter.

Follow these tips and your furnace will be ready to heat your home effectively and efficiently by the time winter rolls around. To schedule a professional furnace inspection before winter hits, be sure to contact us at Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions in Baltimore, MD today.

 

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