Furnace maintenance becomes especially important in preparation for the heating season. In addition to the furnace itself, the rest of your home heating system will require some tender loving care to get it ready for the next cold season. Aire One Heating and Cooling in Toronto suggest the following do-it-yourself steps to make sure your furnace is up and running in time for autumn. You will need a screwdriver, a wire brush, a vacuum cleaner, a dust mask or respirator, plastic gloves. Here are some tips on how to prepare your furnace for the heating season.
1. Inspect Your Filter
Your furnace’s filter should be checked every month. If you have pets or live in a dusty environment, they may need to be replaced more frequently. Clean the filter with soap and water if it’s really dirty or replaces it altogether if it appears worn or frayed. You can buy a new furnace filter at your local home improvement store.
2. Check Your Vents
Ensure that your furnace vents are free of obstructions. Any sort of debris, such as pet hair, dust, or dirt can reduce your furnace’s efficiency and possibly even cause a fire.
3. Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Replace the air filter according to manufacturer recommendations. Look for the words ‘Replace every’ in the manual to see how often you need to change it. Replacing your furnace’s air filter is a quick and easy job. Just open the furnace’s cover, pull out the old filter, and put in the new one. Ensure it fits snugly so there’s no air leakage.
4. Check Your Fuse Box
Check your fuse box to ensure that all breakers are working properly. If some of their trips more often than others, the problem may lie with your furnace’s wiring or other components. Call a professional before attempting to fix any broken equipment yourself to avoid serious injury and damage to your furnace or house.
In addition, it is important to prepare your furnace for the heating season since:
• It saves money on your utility bills.
• It can save you from emergency breakdowns and costly furnace repairs.
• To ensure the longevity of your furnace, always remember to change or clean its filter once a month. Replace any broken breaker in your fuse box, especially if it is tripping frequently, to keep your furnace running fully and prevent costly repairs.
Lastly, perform a thorough annual furnace inspection and tune-up to keep your furnace in perfect working condition all year round and ensure that it is ready for the heating season. Furnace maintenance is also important for the longevity of your furnace. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your furnace is safe and reliable when you need it the most. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our professionals at Aire One Heating and Cooling in Toronto.