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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for the Winter

Prepare Your HVAC System for the Winter

Will your system be up to the task of dealing with the winter chill this year?

Preventive maintenance performed twice a year can assist your system cope with seasonal temperature fluctuations. It can also improve HVAC performance and help you avoid costly emergency repairs—no one likes to be without heat in the middle of a snowstorm, after all. While most current heating systems are low-maintenance, a fast tune-up may considerably extend the life of your HVAC system and ensure that it is always operating at top efficiency.

Major furnace maintenance, as usual, should be performed by a licensed BEAM HVAC expert. However, there are several things you may take on your own to make the winter more bearable. Here are some ways to prepare your HVAC system for winter.

Change Your Air Filter And Clean Air Vents

The accumulation of dirt and dust in the filtration system is one of the most typical causes of an HVAC malfunction. Check your HVAC air filter once a month—refer to your owner's handbook for where filters are located—and replace it if there is a problem within 90 days. Having backup filters on hand is a good idea because a dirty filter is worthless.

Additionally, inspect and clean the air vents in your home. Ventilation obstructions and ineffective airflow can also be caused by dust and grime accumulation in your home.

Visually Inspect The Area Surrounding The Furnace

It's a good idea to conduct a visual inspection before, and regularly during, the heating season, regardless of where your furnace is housed - in the attic, garage, or closet. Contact a professional if your furnace is located in the attic and is difficult to access.

Remove anything that is in the vicinity of the furnace. Around the entire unit, there should be at least a 3-foot clearance. We don't want anything hung over or laying around the furnace. These furnaces must also be able to breathe. When there are a lot of things surrounding the furnace, the airflow is reduced, which causes it to break down and not work effectively.

Regular Maintenance Should Be Performed AT LEAST Once A Year

A furnace produces carbon monoxide as well as natural gas, which is used to generate heat. We don't recommend homeowners experiment with these two volatile elements.

There is a flame inside your furnace. You should get it inspected by a service provider once a year to ensure that it is burning safely and efficiently. Your HVAC professional will also clean the entire system, resulting in improved indoor air quality and a longer system lifespan.

Find out what goes into a professional furnace tune-up by contacting BEAM HVAC today!

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