As the year draws to an end, it’s important to prepare your furnace for a Michigan winter. The freezing temperatures to come will put a lot of strain on your heating system. You want to make sure it is strong enough to handle the challenge. Here are some quick furnace prep tips from Quality Comfort HVAC – a trusted furnace repair company in Michigan.
Get a Furnace Inspection
We highly recommend getting an annual furnace inspection to make sure your furnace is in tip-top shape. If you can catch an issue early on, you’re less likely to need furnace repair in the dead of winter. The temperature is already dropping here in Michigan, so the sooner you act, the better. A professional inspector will assess every component of your furnace so you can heat your home with peace of mind.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Has it been a while since you’ve changed your home air filter? If so, make sure you get a new one for the winter. In most cases, the furnace filter is the home air filter. However, if your furnace has a separate filter on it, you will need to replace that as well.
Cover Your AC Condenser
Just because your air conditioner is not in use doesn’t mean you can forget about it. Put a cover over the unit to protect it from icicles and debris that builds up in the winter. This will drastically reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do later on. If you do not have an AC condenser cover, you strap a trash can lid to the top of the unit for icicle protection. This is not ideal, but it is sufficient for temporary purposes.
Switch Your Thermostat to the Heat Setting
This may sound like an obvious step in heating your home, but it’s also easy to forget. Many people assume that their thermostat will automatically switch from heating to cooling based on the temperature settings. That is not the case for most household thermostats. Make sure your thermostat is turned to heat, and crank it up a bit to see if the furnace kicks on. Then you can adjust the temperature to your desired setting.
Note: If the furnace does not turn on with the heat setting, you may need to contact a furnace repair company to inspect the issue. Quality Comfort HVAC has technicians on staff 24/7. Contact us at (586) 778-8600 to schedule an inspection.
Consider Getting a Furnace Maintenance Plan
A furnace maintenance plan will ensure your heating system is taken care of every year. It includes an inspection and regular cleaning/maintenance for all furnace parts. If there are any issues with your furnace, you’ll know about them at their first signs. This will allow you to complete repairs before they turn into costly damage.
Quality Comfort HVAC offers annual maintenance plans for furnaces, air conditioners and boilers. If you would like to learn more about our maintenance services, call (586) 778-8600.