10 Tips for Winterproofing Your Furnace
We are quickly approaching the winter season, and at the end of October, it means winter weather is just around the corner. When the temperature inevitably drops, the electricity bill rises to bring in the warm temperatures.
There are ways, however, to cut costs as much as possible. Mr. Duct Heating and Air Conditioning offers several resources about how to save by preparing your home for the winter.
- Cleaning Air Ducts
Everyone knows that shortly after flipping the heat on for the first time of the season, there’s a distinct smell that wafts through your home. One way to minimize this is by completing an air duct cleaning. This will provide a cleaner air in your home and guarantees your furnace will be running smoothly for the season.
With normal buildup of dirt and dust found in all homes through regular use, other factors can also increase the need for cleaning air ducts. Examples include pets or occupants in the home that have allergies.
- Changing the Air Filter
One of the most effective ways to prevent the common heating and air problems is to change the air filters about every 3 months. This is a simple task that doesn’t require a professional. When dust builds up in the filtration system, the furnace is pushed to work twice as hard. This will not only cut some of the costs in the electric bill, but will even improve air quality in the home overall.
- Inspection and Maintenance
Schedule an inspection with Mr. Duct to service your furnace before winter even begins. We will check for any issues, clean components and make any adjustments that are necessary to provide you with optimal performance out of your unit.
- Seal Ductwork and Insulate
Inspect the ductwork for leaks, and if any are found, seal them with duct tape or mastic sealant. Insulate any exposed ducts in unheated areas of the home - including the attic or basement – in order to prevent any heat loss.
- Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already own one, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set up different temperatures for the different times of the day. This will ultimately optimize heating when you need it most throughout the day.
- Check and Clean Vents
Make sure all of your vents are open and unblocked by furniture or rugs to allow for proper airflow. Airflow is crucial for an even flow of heating through the home.
- Seal Leaks and Gaps
Make sure to inspect for any windows or doors that may have drafts. Seal and gaps or cracks with weatherstripping or caulking, as this will also help with keeping warmer air inside and cold air outside.
- Clear the Area Around the Furnace
Remove clutter and objects that may be present near or around the furnace to provide proper ventilation and prevent fire hazards.
- Check the Pilot Light
If your furnace has a pilot light, check that it is lit and burning a steady blue flame. If not, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for relighting it.
- Consider a Home Energy Audit
A professional home energy audit can help with identifying areas where the home is losing heat, and can offer suggestions on improvements or ways to increase your energy efficiency.
The experts at Mr. Duct have experience with units of every make and model, and other types of air quality products. If you would like to have Mr. Duct take a look for any issues that are causing you to lose more money in energy, give us a call today at 800-501-4157 or fill out a form for a service request.