Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think about winter, you hopefully think of a comfortable evening in your warm home. But once in a while winter doesn't feel like going along with our plans, and we end up shivering in our own homes. You won't always be able to stop a blizzard from rolling through, but you can prevent your HVAC system from being ill prepared for winter. Nobody wants or deserves a broken-down furnace, which is why we prepared this checklist for getting your HVAC system ready for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Cold Winter

1. Cover Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Nearby

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to release heat, you'll want to see to it that the area nearby is free of any yard debris. Clean 5 feet of space or so from any plants or objects. It's also recommended to ensure it's covered by a bit of tarp or similar material during the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Rinse or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, customarily found in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other kinds of debris can slowly build up in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your furnace could lose efficiency and maybe even become a fire hazard. A clear air filter allows air to flow smoothly, sustaining adequate ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality high. To get the most benefit from the filter, make sure to clean or change it every few months or based on manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is crucial to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can attract a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it on occasion will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area near the blower and clean the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimal airflow. If you hear any unusual noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, call a professional technician to check out your blower.

4. Check for Gaps or Dents in Your Furnace

Make sure that your furnace has no visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or damage to the condenser unit outside can play a role in all manners of comfort problems, like heat leaking out before it moves into your ductwork. If there is noticeable damage, speak with your local technician at Watts Electric & A/C Inc about checking out the system before the temperatures start falling. This way you can avoid letting a small gap in the system turn into a major problem.

5. Test Your Heating Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always wise to make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly before the middle of winter. Otherwise, your heating could be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Performing a test run of your furnace can offer you the opportunity to discover potential problems then and there, while they're still more straightforward to fix. This also burns off any dust that will often have accumulated in the air ducts over the fall, removing that burnt smell. As soon as your furnace is in working shape, you can sled away from your HVAC worries.

A Well-Maintained Furnace Is a Great Way to Welcome Winter

Winter weather will be on the way before you know it. If you make an effort to get your furnace prepped beforehand, you can spend the rest of the season enjoying the holidays, drinking hot cocoa or hanging out with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Be sure to follow the tips above to get your home prepped for next winter!