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Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for the Cold Weather

Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for the Cold Weather

The fall season has arrived, and the nights here in Biloxi, MS start to become chilly. Eventually, you’ll be cranking up your furnace to fight the cold. But have you ever thought of checking your unit before turning it on for the first time?

If you are like most homeowners who want to get their heating system ready for the coming winter, you’ve come to the right place. Below are the maintenance tips for your furnace this fall.

Recalibrate Your Thermostat

As the weather changes, the setting in your thermostat should be changed as well. Switch it from cooling to heating. Set it at least two degrees higher than your current room temperature. Another thing—don’t forget to replace its battery if it’s been a while since you changed it.

Change Your Filter

Your furnace filter can become clogged with dirt and dust over time. The more blocked your filter gets, the harder it is for your unit to deliver the right heat output in your home. As early as today, check your filter and replace it before your unit blows the air in your home for the first time.

Clean Your Heat Exchanger

While there are some upkeep tasks you can handle yourself, the job like heat exchanger cleaning is a thing that is best left to the hands of the pros. Besides cleaning, your technician will also spot and repair the cracks where the dangerous carbon monoxide gas can leak out. 

Clean and Lubricate the Moving Parts

Cleaning and lubricating your unit’s moving parts are essential for smoother and better operation. The blower motor and the bearing are the workhorses of your furnace that help keep it working in peak efficiency and performance. Therefore, they should be cleaned and lubricated annually to keep your energy usage low and to improve your comfort.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is considered the “silent killer” of any home that has an HVAC system. This dangerous gas is odorless and tasteless, which makes it unnoticeable when it spreads in your home. Be sure to check your carbon monoxide detectors routinely to keep them working properly and protect your family from the risk of accidental poisoning.

Do you want to make sure your furnace works in peak efficiency and performance in the coming winter months? Then schedule your maintenance this fall season. Contact North Bay Heating & Air today and we’ll conduct a thorough check and maintenance of your furnace unit.

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