The days are getting warmer, but it is still cold enough at night to need heating to stay warm. Therefore, it is time to start thinking about maintenance of your furnace and how to keep your home warm efficiently. When the weather outside begins to get warmer and you use your furnace less, there is also maintenance to do before you turn it off and turn on the AC. Here are some end-of-winter solutions to help with furnace maintenance and improvements before warmer spring weather:
1. Changing the Air Filter For Better Airflow, Efficiency and Less Wear
The most important part of HVAC maintenance is changing the air filter, and when it is closer to spring, it is likely that the air filter in your furnace is dirty. Change it to ensure that the heating has good air flow and to reduce wear of the furnace. You will also want to change the air filter again as the weather starts getting warmer and you turn the AC on to keep your home cool during hot weather.
2. Checking and Changing Thermostat Settings and Batteries
The thermostat is another area of your HVAC system that needs to be maintained. As the weather gets warmer, set your thermostat to a lower temperature to ensure the heating only comes on when it is colder outside. In addition, you will want to check the batteries and wiring to ensure it is working. You can also upgrade to a programable thermostat to improve the energy efficiency and performance of your heating and cooling.
3. Cleaning the Ducts and Furnace for Improved Performance and Energy Efficiency
It is also important to keep your furnace and ductwork clean. The buildup of dust and debris inside the system causes several problems, such as airborne allergens, reduction in airflow, and wear of HVAC components. You can use vacuum attachments to remove much of the dust yourself, or you can have a professional duct and furnace cleaning service clean your system.
4. Inspecting Your Home and HVAC Ductwork for Air Leaks That Cause Energy Loss
The ductwork of your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, maintained, and repaired. Check your ducts for air leaks and damage that causes energy loss. In addition to repairing air leaks of ducts, you also want to check areas of your home like seals and weatherstripping around windows and doors to ensure you are not losing energy in these areas.
These are some of the maintenance and improvements that need to be done to your furnace before you turn it off and crank up the AC. If you need help with heating maintenance, contact a furnace repair service for help with these tasks.