Furnace Maintenance & Preparations for Winter
Is your furnace prepared for the winter months?
We all know that the cold months in Texas usually seem to come and go pretty quickly.
But surely, after the crazy and unexpected freeze of 2021, we are left with a better understanding of the importance of being prepared!
So, what does it mean to be prepared, and what should you do to ensure your family’s comfort this winter?
At Madd Air Heating & Cooling, we always recommend that homeowners have an annual servicing done on their furnace before turning it on the first time.
Although the Texas cold season may be short and sporadic, furnace preparations are still necessary, and you’ll want a professional helping to ensure your comfort throughout the winter.
Let’s discuss the essential aspects of furnace maintenance in preparation for cold weather.
Cleaning Your Furnace
Cleaning your furnace before the cold months of the year is essential for ensuring optimal efficiency and performance throughout the winter.
When you have your heating system professionally serviced before winter, your HVAC company will take care of this aspect for you. An experienced HVAC technician will know what to look for and how to ensure that you can rely on your heater as soon as the cold weather begins.
HVAC systems are complex machines that require regular care and maintenance for maximum efficiency. There are many different components within your heating system that will need to be cleaned and tested regularly in order to maintain peak performance.
DIY furnace maintenance attempts often result in broken parts and unnecessary repair costs to the homeowner.
That said, the best way to guarantee a job well done is to hire a professional HVAC technician to service your heater at least once or twice a year.
Changing Your Filters
If you have not already replaced your return air vent filters in the last month or two, go ahead and replace them now, and don’t forget to check your furnace unit for a filter, as well.
Some furnaces have their own filter that will need to be replaced and maintained. To do this, you may need to remove an access panel to get to your furnace’s filter, but otherwise, filter maintenance is a pretty simple task to do on your own.
Carbon Monoxide Testing For Your Furnace
When heating your home for the winter, safety is always the number one priority.
Because furnaces are often only used a few times a year in Texas, carbon monoxide leaks are a very real concern and must be ruled out prior to each operation for safe performance.
Carbon monoxide testing is one of the most significant reasons you want to have your furnace professionally serviced and tested annually prior to use.
When left unchecked, carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace have the potential to be fatal for you and your family. If you do not have a carbon monoxide sensor installed, now is an excellent time to have your HVAC technician install one for you.
Your HVAC technician will always check your thermostat to see if it needs recalibration or replacement.
Thermostats should be checked regularly to ensure proper function and accuracy. If your thermostat is not working properly, you won’t reach your desired comfort level in your home easily, and your furnace’s performance becomes unreliable.
There are many aspects to your heating system that only a professional would know to check for when evaluating your furnace. This is why we recommend annual maintenance performed by an expert prior to each heating and cooling season.
However, at the very least, be sure to check your system and take care of simple maintenance like filter replacements on a regular basis.
If you’ve changed your filters and ensured that your thermostat is set correctly and are still experiencing problems with your heater, shut the system off and call a professional immediately for expert assistance.
Guarantee Your Comfort with Expert Furnace Maintenance
As you can see, maintaining your home’s heating system is a crucial part of guaranteeing your family’s comfort and safety throughout the winter.
Your furnace is an expensive machine that requires annual maintenance and regular care in order to maintain peak performance, energy efficiency, and safety while in use.
If you have any questions or concerns about your furnace/heating system, give Madd Air Heating & Cooling a call today at 281-354-9600.
Our team of HVAC professionals is more than happy to check your heating system, performance crucial maintenance, and guarantee your comfort!