Cooler weather is approaching and it’s time to confirm that your furnace will keep you warm at night. Midwestern fall weather can present a 40-degree change in temperatures from sunrise to sunset. Here’s what you can do to be ready for the temps to drop.
Sign a Service Contract
Having an annual service contract with your local heating and cooling company can be the most practical way to ensure your furnace is ready to heat up this winter. Most annual plans include a yearly inspection and scheduled service checks for maintenance and cleaning the unit, replacing filters and small repairs needed throughout the contract. While companies offer a variety of contract options, you can greatly benefit by having a professional keep your unit in tip-top shape.
Do It Yourself
If a service contract isn’t in your budget or you prefer to take matters into your own hands, refer to a checklist that will help keep you on task. If you’re extra organized, set a notice on your calendar as a reminder when it’s time to perform seasonal maintenance on your equipment. Common steps you can take in assessing your furnace’s function are:
- Turn thermostat from cool to heat. Set the temperature a few degrees higher than room temperature and confirm the unit turns on and blows warm air
- Confirm that the pilot light is on
- Change the air filters
- Ensure the furnace blower and motor are free of dust and dirt
Budget for a New Furnace
It’s possible that the best action you can take is to plan ahead for a new furnace. Determine the age of your existing unit and gauge its lifespan. Furnaces last about 15-20 years on average. How many more years will your furnace perform well before costly repairs are needed? How much money might you save in the long run by replacing your older model for a more efficient one? Think big-picture planning. You could save on energy bills by spending money on a new furnace now.
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