Your furnace is not only one of the most expensive appliances in your home, it’s important to ensure it’s operating efficiently so your family is safe and comfortable as we march into the fall and land in winter. Here are 5 ways to get your furnace ready for the cold months so you can ‘set it and forget it’ until the spring.
1. Be proactive and check your furnace before you need it
Your furnace is an expensive and complicated appliance that should have a checkup every year so that it’s well maintained and lasts a long time – about 15 to 17 years. By having your furnace checked when you don’t need the heat, such as before or after the winter season, you know it will work when you need to flick the switch for heat.
2. Furnace repairs in the off-season are faster and possibly cheaper
Checking your furnace when you don’t need it allows plenty of time to get it repaired if necessary since there’s no rush. That also gives you time to budget for the repair if it’s not covered by your warranty as it’s not urgent. Repair technicians are also more available in the off season so you’ll likely get service quicker and perhaps at a lower cost. This is also a good time to combine your furnace tune-up with an air conditioner check by saving money with a single service call.
3. Access furnace warranty or protection plan if necessary
It’s easy to forget the expiry dates of a warranty or protection plan. So keeping your furnace well maintained with regular tune-ups will keep your warranty or protection plan top of mind so you can utilize its benefits fully. Being familiar with the warranty’s coverage can also allow you to plan what service or repairs may be optional, necessary, or may come up in the future. A HeyBryan Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Expert can advise. can advise.
4. Reduce your energy bill with excellent efficiency
A well-maintained furnace operates efficiently and that saves you money on your utility bills year-round and especially the depths of winter when you need heat the most. Something as simple as a dirty filter can block good airflow. So changing the furnace filter every three months in spring, summer and fall to keep it healthy for winter, is an easy, inexpensive and important step for good operation and your home’s air quality. Change your filter every month in winter when it’s working hardest.
5. Prepare to avoid a carbon monoxide leak
Maintaining your furnace in excellent condition is important to your health. A furnace that’s not operating properly can circulate bad air and worse, leak dangerous carbon monoxide.
A HeyBryan HVAC Expert can do a full fall check-up to look for cracks, leaks, as well as proper pilot light burning. For example, a pilot light should be a blue flame, not yellow or orange, to be safe. This check is also an ideal time to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working and placed properly throughout your home to keep your family safe.
Book a HeyBryan Expert who specializes in Heating & Cooling so you know they’re skilled and licensed technicians. HeyBryan Experts have been vetted and approved by the HeyBryan team so you can feel comfortable having an Expert to your home to complete your task safely and efficiently.
With Canadian winters being long and harsh in most places, your furnace is the beating, heating heart of your home. Give your furnace regular TLC in the off-season and it will take care of you when you really need it.