It’s hard to believe I’m writing about readying your furnace for winter when we’ve had such wonderful weather this year. Southerners know that the weather will change overnight, and it takes less than 24 hours to flip the switch from needing air conditioning to needing heat. Being ready for the cooler temps and having toasty toes is what we're all looking for. The cooler nights are here, and this is a sure sign that winter is coming.
I call this “Ugly Design” because we don’t see this work on display; rather, it’s behind the scenes work that will help you avoid cold nights when the temperature drops. You don’t see it, but it’s still important work to do.
Getting your furnace ready for fall and winter is more than adding some garland and warm candles. So, here’s a thorough list of some of the things you’ll need to stay cozy all winter long. Some tips will need a service person to take care of, so give a call to your HVAC company to set up the appointment.
8 Tips to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter
1. Turn on the thermostat. If you have a smart home device, you would switch this to the heat mode.
2. Change the air filters. If you have been following my blog, you understand the value of a clean filter.
3. Cover the AC condenser. A cover over your outside unit really helps to keep sticks, leaves and debris out of the system, making it less work in the spring. This can be a tarp that is strapped on, or you can purchase a cover made for your unit.
This is where the service person will step in and prep your unit for the winter months. They’re professionals, so they can take care of all of this very easily.
4. Clean the heat exchanger.
5. Lubricate and clean the blower motor.
6. Test the igniter switch.
7. Inspect the chimney and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have either of these, make sure you have them checked before you use them.
8. If you have an oil-powered furnace, replace your filter and nozzle, and check the tank level. Not many people still use an oil system, but if you do, make sure to check the above items, especially the tank level. You know the fuel will run out when you need it the most!
This “ugly design" is where we put our money for results that we don’t always see, but you will definitely feel the benefits when you maintain your systems!