What to Do Before Turning on Your Furnace

Autumn is the season when your air conditioner and furnace trade places. Your health and comfort depend on a functional and efficient furnace, so you must take the necessary actions to guarantee that your home is heated safely and effectively. Let’s look at the four steps you should take before firing up your furnace for the colder months.

1. Replace the Air Filter and Check the Ducts

It is recommended that you change your air filter every three months or sooner, depending on how soon it tends to become clogged. You can err on the side of caution by replacing your air filter before starting up your furnace, regardless of whether you’ve changed it within three months.

Check your ducts for debris blockages and make sure that there are no blockages to the HVAC system’s airflow. If cleaning your ducts is too great a hassle for your schedule or they are not easily accessible, call a professional. For those in Ponca City and Stillwater, Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air can provide reliable duct cleaning services.

2. Clean the Vents

Vents tend to attract debris which when left uncleaned can obstruct airflow. Wipe your vents clear of any buildup so that your HVAC system can operate seamlessly.

3. Look for Air Leaks

Your furnace is your home’s own heat production device. It keeps you warm during the cold winter months as long as you take care not to overburden it. That’s why you need to check your windows and doors for air leaks. Seal these leaks off as soon as you find them by weatherstripping or caulking.

4. Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment

Performing your own check and taking the necessary actions should go hand in hand with scheduling an appointment with an experienced professional. One of our knowledgeable technicians can conduct the proper maintenance on your entire heating system, increasing your furnace’s longevity and safeguarding your health and comfort.

We also provide comprehensive cooling installations/repairs as well as plumbing services for all your needs. If you are a homeowner in the Ponca City area, contact Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air today to schedule an appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians.

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