As the hot summer sun is beating down, your home’s heating system is probably the last thing on your mind. But summer will be over before we know it, and it’ll be time to turn on the heat. But what happens if you neglect to perform basic furnace maintenance before the cold weather comes? Well, you could find that something is wrong with your furnace and you don’t have any heat. So to prevent that from happening, here are a few simple things you can do this summer to prepare your furnace.
Clean the entire unit: First things first, your furnace should be given a proper cleaning every season. This is especially true during the summer after it’s been out of use for a while. So make sure you clean both the inside and the outside of the unit. In doing this, you can ensure your unit will be running in tip-top shape come the colder months. And you can make sure there is no debris inside that can cause damage or be a risk for a fire hazard.
Swap out the filter: One of the biggest reasons furnace units run poorly is because their filter is clogged with debris. When the filter is clogged, airflow is hindered and the unit can’t push warm air through properly. So if you do any sort of maintenance to your furnace this summer, make sure it’s changing the air filter. Generally, HVAC system air filters should be changed every one to three months, according to Energystar.gov. With that in mind, if you can’t remember the last time the filter was changed, now is a great time to do it.
Schedule repair services: When was the last time you had your heating and cooling system looked at by a professional? If you can’t remember, now is the time to schedule furnace repair services. There are certain parts of your furnace, like the electrical components, you really shouldn’t be touching if you don’t know what you’re doing. So by scheduling professional furnace repair services, you can make sure your unit is repaired properly if necessary and is in perfect condition for the upcoming months.
So while the cool air conditioning may be the only thing on your mind right now, don’t neglect your furnace. Completing these simple tasks now will make it so you have one less thing to worry about this winter.