Fall is finally approaching and the temperatures are starting to fall. Before long, you'll be relying on your furnace more than your air conditioner. Is your furnace ready to keep you, your family, and your home at a warm, comfortable temperature? Now is the time to plan ahead and ensure that your furnace is ready. Here are a few things you should do.
1. Clean or Replace the Air Filters
While the air filters of your furnace may be relatively small, their job is quite large. Air filters are responsible for ensuring that dust, dirt, allergens, and pollen aren't in the air that you are breathing. They are also responsible for extending your system's lifespan. When they begin to appear dirty, they are beginning to block the amount of airflow that comes out of the furnace. This means that the system is working much harder than it should be to perform its job. As a result, its lifespan is shortened and premature wear and tear occur.
2. Have the Ductwork Sealed
As a general rule, you won't have a clue as to whether or not the ducting is sealed. However, in some cases, the ducts will have cracks, leaks, or holes that cause air to leak. This can result in a loss of energy and higher energy bills. In addition, it can allow harmful particles to enter the air.
So, how do you know if you have leaky ductwork? Ultimately, the best bet is to have a professional perform an inspection and seal the ducting from the inside out. They'll inject a sealant into the ducts, so when air enters the ducting, the particles will collide and then stick to the edges where there are leaks, thus sealing them.
3. Take Care of Strange Noises
When your car makes a weird noise, do you ignore it? Absolutely not. Therefore, if your furnace is making a strange noise, contact a heating contractor to find out what's going on. If you fail to do this, then your furnace could malfunction, resulting in significant damage to internal components and leave you without something to keep you and your family warm when you need it most.
4. Schedule Routine Maintenance
When it comes to furnace tune-ups, fall may be the ideal time of year to schedule routine maintenance. A professional will come out to your home and perform an energy efficiency check, clean the air filters, clean all internal components, and ensure that everything is working optimally. If any issues are found, the contractor will address them.
For more information on how to ensure your furnace is ready for the colder weather, contact a heating service near you.