It’s that time again when fall is upon us and winter could show up any day. This is why now is a better time than ever to start preparing to winterize your furnace. No matter how well insulated you think our house is you will not keep the heat in without proper winterizing.
Here are some tips from your local heating and cooling system specialists at North Star Heating & Air Conditioning on how to prepare your heater for winter.
Preparing Your Heater for Winter
Furnaces and heaters will inevitably need repairs here and there, nevertheless, to help keep your heating and cooling system running smoother, longer, and without needing repairs often there are a few actions you can take:
- Change your Air Filters – For some reason, no one likes changing filters whether it’s for their Brita or in their vents but it’s an easy chore that will increase airflow to your heating and cooling system. Air filters are typically situated behind a vent grill in the wall or ceiling, or a single filter lies in the HVAC system itself. Swapping them out regularly saves you service disruption later.
- Test Carbon Monoxide Gas Detectors – Carbon Monoxide Gas is an odorless, colorless gas that claims thousands of lives every year. This is why regular testing or replacing of your carbon monoxide gas detectors is vital to ensure they are working and keeping your family and the air inside your home safe. You can read more tips on how to safeguard your home on the CDC National Center for Environmental Health site.
- Examine your Thermostat – This may sound obvious but make certain to turn the thermostat on and change to the heat setting. Set the temperature level to a couple of degrees warmer than the room is currently. After a minute you ought to hear the heater kick on. If you do not, make certain the wires are secure and the power source to the HVAC is also turned on. If still nothing, call North Star Heating & Air Conditioning
- Ignitor Switch – When dealing with an older system you may need to relight the pilot. However, if you have a newer system, you likely have an electronic ignitor. If the ignitor isn’t working press the reset button and check out the breaker. If it still isn’t switching on, call North Star Heating & Air Conditioning in Sandy at (801) 285-9282 Our HVAC techs will get your heating and cooling system back on track, ASAP!
How do you Winterize your Furnace in Utah?
If you reside in a destination like Utah with cold winter months you may be asking yourself, “Do you need to winterize a furnace?” The answer to this question is, yes!
When winterizing your house, insulation is vital. Make sure any common draft-producing locations are well covered.
The typical suspects include:
- exterior walls
- and doorways
Insulate where you can for rooms, and for leaky windows or doors, you can add weatherstripping or caulk trouble spots.
To winterize the furnace within your home make sure to examine these areas:
- Clean or change filters
- Clean the interior of the furnace
- Ensure all vents are unobstructed
- Examine exhaust flue
Make Sure you Winterize your Furnace the Right Way! Hire a Professional HVAC Company
The team at North Star Heating & Air Conditioning in Sandy is here to help and meet any of your heating or cooling system needs. We can answer your questions whether they are about why your central heater stopped working, or if you wish to know if a gas or electric system is better– we’ve got you covered.