Furnace Tips as We Enter Winter

During the winter months, it’s important to maintain your heater to ensure that it operates at its best. This includes cleaning the air vents, making sure that the thermostat is working properly, and inspecting the chimney and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition, you’ll want to check and replace the filter of your furnace. The experts at Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning can perform all the necessary maintenance tasks to make sure your heater is running properly throughout the winter. 

Inspect and Replace your Furnace Filter

Having a clean furnace filter helps your home run more efficiently and prevents breakdowns. The filter removes unwanted particles from the air and can also help lower your heating costs. Dirty filters cause your furnace to work harder to produce adequate heat which means more energy and higher energy bills. A clean filter should be replaced every 6 months to 1 year. The frequency of this maintenance procedure depends on the size of your household and the type of filter you use.

The professionals at Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning can replace the filter and make sure it is in good working condition. A good inspection of the insides of your furnace can reveal leaks, rust, and other potential problems. Inspecting and replacing your furnace filter is an important part of your overall winterizing plan. It will save you from paying for repairs later and can maintain the validity of your warranty.

Test the Igniter Switch

Performing a test on the igniter switch of your home’s heating system is a good idea if you’re not sure whether or not your furnace is working. An improperly functioning furnace may lead to serious accidents and hazards. The proper operation of your furnace is a must if you want to avoid costly repair bills and possibly end up with a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

The first thing to do is to ensure your thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature. This means that you should not have your furnace on all day. If you are unable to do this, then you should call Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning to take a look at your furnace.

Inspect the Chimney and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

During the winter months, you want to check your chimney and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly. This can help reduce the chances of being exposed to carbon monoxide and other gases that could be dangerous. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is created when fuels are burned and can cause flu-like symptoms and even death if not detected and treated. The best way to protect your home from carbon monoxide is by installing a carbon monoxide detection system—a professional can recommend the most effective system for your home. A qualified technician from Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning will perform regular inspections on your fireplace and furnace as well as check for rust, stains, and improper connections, and check the vents for debris.

Clean the Air Vents

Keeping your heating system clean in the winter can help ensure its operation. A dirty system can allow bacteria and viruses to circulate throughout the home and cause respiratory problems. It can also lead to increased energy bills. If you have pets, be wary of pet hair and other debris that can get trapped in your vents, as this can clog up your HVAC system and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Take steps to maintain your HVAC system in the fall and winter by calling the experts at Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning. We will reduce these costs and improve the health of your family.

Trust Thompson Heating & Air Conditioning to diagnose, repair, and even replace your heating system. If you need assistance with your HVAC system, call us today at  (505) 884-2675 for professional expert help.