Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your furnace ready for colder weather. This year why not be proactive about your home heating with a quick self-inspection using this fall furnace maintenance checklist.
While this fall furnace maintenance checklist isn’t completely comprehensive, it does provide a good starting point to help you understand your heating system. It is by no means a replacement for a professional inspection by an experienced and properly trained HVAC technician.
Fall Furnace Maintenance For Homeowners
- Examine the exterior and interior of your furnace with a flashlight. Basically, you’re looking for any moisture buildup or corrosion. If you tap around the furnace with your flashlight and hear and see rust falling then you’ve got a corrosion problem. Corrosion could be caused by moisture, which means you might also have a problem with moisture. This is definitely something you should flag with your technician when you have a furnace inspection.
- Check for leaks in your heating system. If your system is running and you hold your hand over the various connections in the ductwork and feel blowing air then you have a leak. Leaks in your ductwork can reduce the efficiency of your system. One quick fix is to use a high-grade duct tape to stop the leaks. Once you’ve done so, it’s also a good idea to flag these leaky areas with your HVAC technician to ensure the problem isn’t a bigger one.
- Change your furnace filter. Many of our blog entries about fall furnace maintenance include reminders to change your furnace filter. That’s because it’s one of the easiest things to do and very important. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder than it needs to, which will cost you money on your energy bills.
- Replace your thermostat batteries. It’s not something we think of very often, but it’s important to always ensure your thermostat has fresh batteries, so it can properly activate and control your heating and cooling systems.
- Clean out any exterior vents. These vents are an important part of allowing your furnace to function properly. Cleaning them is an important part of fall furnace maintenance because limbs and leaves can easily clog them and cause problems.
- Ensure all the vents in your home are clear of furniture, toys, etc. Allowing your vents to easily distribute air is important to properly heating your home and letting your thermostat know that each room is properly heated.
- Turn your furnace on before it gets really cold out. If you wait until the last-minute to turn on your furnace and it doesn’t work you might be left out in the cold. Turn it on early and if you have any issues you’ll know right away, long before the cold weather has arrived.
For more information about fall furnace maintenance or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today. Novel Care has been helping customers in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA with fall furnace maintenance for over 30 years.