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How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

With temperatures dropping well below freezing during winters here in Northwestern Indiana, a functioning furnace is a necessity. The last thing you ever want is for your heater to stop working in the middle of a snowstorm, leaving you and your family to suffer through the cold. To ensure you stay safe and warm during the upcoming cold months, fall furnace maintenance is critical. Continue reading to discover our tips for getting your furnace ready to take on the cold.

Change the Filters

The filter in your furnace is responsible for filtering out larger air contaminants such as dust, dirt, and pet dander before it circulates through your home. Once the filter fills up, it becomes ineffective and puts a strain on your furnace. In order to avoid causing damage to your system, you should inspect your filter once a month to see if it needs to be replaced. They typically need to be replaced every 30 to 90 days.

Test Your Furnace

After months of not being used, it is a good idea to turn your furnace on and make sure everything is running properly. If your air doesn’t seem to be warm enough, there is no warm air at all, your airflow is weak, your furnace is making loud noises, or there are foul smells coming from your vents, you should schedule a repair right away.

Test Your Thermostat

While chances are that your thermostat will work just fine once you switch over to heat mode after months of using the AC, you should still test it out. On occasion, homeowners will find that their thermostat stops working once they try to turn their furnace on for the first time that season.

Inspect Heating Vents

To ensure even heating throughout your home, it is important to clear away any objects obstructing your heater vents. Clear away any clutter around your vents and be sure to remove any vent covers.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Scheduling routine furnace maintenance is the key to ensuring your system is in top shape. Your technician will carefully inspect your entire system, run a full safety and performance test, clean dirty components, lubricate motor parts, and identify any problem areas that need to be taken care of.

Some of the key benefits of furnace maintenance include:

  • Increasing your energy efficiency
  • Reducing your utility bills
  • Enhancing your indoor comfort
  • Preventing system breakdowns
  • Improving indoor air quality

When you call on Meyer’s for furnace maintenance, you can count on our qualified heating professionals to take great care of your system. We are equipped with the advanced tools and technology necessary to ensure your system functions properly all winter long.

For lasting comfort and peace of mind, call Meyer’s at (219) 240-0610.