Summer is gone and the temperatures are finally dropping to the comfortable levels that fall brings. While you might be enjoying the break from the heat, you also need to be ready for the cold that will inevitably come your way. Winter is only a few weeks away and it’s time to take a look at your home’s furnace to make sure it’s ready for what’s to come. If you do these three important things now, you can rest assured your heating system will not let you down when you need it most.
Schedule a Service Call
Sometime this past spring, furnaces in Minnesota were shut down and haven’t been thought about much since. The problem is, it’s been sitting there all summer without any attention, and there are many things that could go wrong. To assure that everything is in good working order, and that any potential problems are spotted, it’s a good idea to call in a professional HVAC company to inspect your system. And, if you work out a maintenance agreement with them, you’ll always know your systems are working to their full potential.
Inspect Ducts and Vents
The warm air from the heating system is pumped into ducts that direct it to the appropriate spaces. When the system is secure, it is easier to maintain a steady temperature. Take some time to visually inspect the heat ducts throughout your home. Take along a flashlight so you can see, even in the darkest spaces and note any problems you see. While you may not be an HVAC specialist, you can certainly spot a piece of duct work that’s broken or a vent that needs to be replaced. Additionally, consider having the ducts cleaned, which will allow a higher volume of air to flow through.
Replace Aging Equipment
The average useful life of a furnace is somewhere between 20 and 25 years, depending upon the type of system, and its size in relation to the space it’s used in. As the unit ages, it may break down more frequently, which increases the expenses associated with the unit. Installing a newer, more energy-efficient unit will help overcome the operational issues and decrease your monthly heating costs. What’s more, there may be tax incentives that you can take advantage of to help off-set the cost. Consult with an HVAC specialist to find a home heating system that is perfectly suited to your space and needs.
Maintaining a home of any size, or type, is a challenge, to say the least. However, with proper planning, and attention to detail, it is not nearly as hard as one might imagine. Don’t wait until winter arrives to address any issues with your furnace, contact us for a consultation. We will be happy to inspect your furnace and make repairs as needed so you and your family stay warm and cozy all winter.