It may still be summer, but this is the perfect time to ensure that your heating unit is ready to keep you warm and toasty this winter when the cold weather arrives. The last thing that you want to do is wait until the middle of winter and watch your furnace breakdown leaving you shivering and covering up with five blankets as you wait for a repairman to make it out to your home. Plus, the longer your furnace is down, the higher the chances of frozen, broken pipes and a completely dysfunctional household. Avoid the inconvenience and high-stresses of a broken furnace by following these three summer maintenance tips:
Tip #1: Change Your Air Filters.
Filters should be inspected on a monthly basis and they need to be changed every three months or more frequently if needed due to heavy dust buildup. An example of when you may need to change them more often is if you have pets in the home. The reason it is so important to inspect and change your air filters regularly is because clogged filters will restrict airflow and cause your furnace to work harder. It can also cause it to overheat. Some newer units will automatically shut off to prevent major damage. So, if you are having issues with your furnace, it's a good idea to check your air filter before doing anything else.
Tip #2: Change Your Thermostat Batteries.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of service calls made to homes because of low batteries. When the batteries in your thermostat are low, they can cause your thermostat to not work properly, which makes you think that your furnace is acting up. So, save yourself the trouble – and the money – and change your thermostat batteries now. Also, go ahead and test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure that they are working properly and don't need new batteries.
Tip #3: Schedule a Tune-Up.
Finally, the best thing that you can do to ensure that your furnace is ready to keep you and your family warm this winter is to schedule a professional tune-up. An expert will come to your home and thoroughly inspect the entire heating system to ensure it is up to par and replace anything that is not. There are certain parts of the furnace, such as the heat exchanger and burner, that need to be cleaned regularly and the heating services technician will do this during the tune-up. By the time the service person leaves your home, your furnace will be ready for Old Man Winter.