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Winter is coming is your furnace ready

The change in seasons seems to have blown in overnight, and with fall settling in, winter is poised and ready right around the corner. Before getting too far into the final third of the year, though, it’s a good time to reassess and ensure your furnace is ready for the rapidly changing temperatures. With the drops already beginning, your furnace will need to be ready for your family to rely on it providing a comfortable heat throughout your home. It won’t take too much to prepare, so follow this simple checklist to make sure your furnace is ready for the cooler temps rolling in.

Clean or Replace the Furnace Filters

The general rule of thumb with replaceable furnace filters is that they should be checked and changed every 90 days, or if it is a permanent filter, then it should be checked and cleaned. This, of course, is dependent on how frequently the HVAC system in your home is run, and how vigorously. If it is run more often, then this should be done closer to every 4 to 6 weeks, to ensure that debris and dust are kept from blowing back through the system and your home.

Check and Clear the Vents

Take stock of the vents around your home, and make sure that they are opened or closed as necessary, as well as clear of any potential blockages or barriers. If the vents get clogged or blocked, this can make your HVAC system run harder than it needs to while circulating air through your home.

Check the Windows and Doors

Double-check the seals and weather stripping around the windows and doors throughout your home, replacing them as needed. Any cracks or openings will mean that cold air can sneak through, into your home, as well as letting warm escape through the same passages as your furnace runs.

Set the Thermostat Appropriately

As the temperature drops, don’t forget to switch the thermostat from cooling to heating, and to reset the temperature as necessary. Additionally, this is a good time to replace an older thermostat with a programmable model, to help the temperature automatically regulate within your home, saving you the trouble of remembering, as well as saving you money in heating and cooling costs.

Schedule a Furnace Inspection

This should be done annually and is best done in the months leading up to fall. A professional technician will be able to see that the parts within your furnace are working properly, are lubricated as needed and that the switches, wires, and connectors are all functioning properly.

A large majority of emergency calls in winter are to repair a furnace. Rather than run the risk of experiencing any more time in the cold than is necessary, take the time to get the maintenance and prep work handled on your furnace before the warm temperatures slip away for winter. If you haven’t yet scheduled an appointment for your annual furnace inspection and maintenance, or if you have questions about additional ways you can prepare your furnace for the cold seasons, reach out to the licensed professionals at Duane Blanton. Available 24/7, the technicians of Duane Blanton can cover all HVAC issues, as well as any plumbing or service needs that arise. Give them a call today at (815) 781-2567, or schedule online through their online scheduling portal.

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