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The Benefits of Regular Furnace Maintenance in Winter 

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When the winter weather really hits and the temperatures drop well-below freezing, just about everyone relies on a furnace to help heat their home and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature

 

This is exactly why furnace problems, whether it be an aging furnace or damaged components, can make you uncomfortable quite quickly. You may deal with increased shivering, reduced sleep quality, and a drop in productivity. You may also experience issues like higher utility bills and more emergency repairs if your furnace is not working properly. 

 

Winter furnace maintenance is key to preventing all of this. 

 

In this blog, we’re uncovering the benefits of regular furnace maintenance in the winter, as well as how you can prepare your furnace before the cold weather truly hits, and the best tips for maintaining you furnace in the winter.  

 

Do not hesitate to reach out for any of your HVAC needs, including furnace inspection and repairs. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

Benefits of Regular Furnace Maintenance in the Winter 

You can experience many benefits by conducting winter furnace maintenance, from increased comfort in your home to a longer furnace lifespan. 

 

Let’s take a look at the most common benefits

 

Maintain the Warranty 

Most furnaces come with a warranty that dictates the kind of repair and replacement policy a homeowner can expect for their unit. However, just like with any other type of appliance or system in the home, the furnace warranty comes with requirements that must be met. One of the most common of these requirements is annual furnace maintenance.  

 

Winter furnace maintenance in particular is a key component of ensuring your furnace continues to function as intended – intentionally compromising its function can void the warranty, increasing your costs for repair and replacement. 

 

Increase Energy Efficiency 

Reports indicate that for the average home, the furnace accounts for up to half of the annual energy usage. This is why ensuring the furnace is performing as efficiently as possible is so important.  

 

Dirty air filters, debris in the furnace, and broken parts cause the furnace to use more energy to heat your home. However, regular furnace maintenance helps keep the furnace clean and all parts working as they should. In turn, this can result in the furnace using up to 30% less energy

 

Create Consistent Comfort 

Furnaces are meant to heat homes throughout the winter so the indoor temperature remains comfortable for those living in the home as well as those who visit. However, furnaces can only maintain a comfortable indoor temperature if the whole system is functioning properly.  

 

For instance, a debris blockage in one part of the system may reduce the amount of hot air that can get to a particular room in the home, creating a cold spot. Dirty air filters may mean the air cannot get as warm as it should throughout the home. Broken parts can cause even more issues with temperatures throughout the home.  

 

Regular furnace maintenance in the winter ensures there are no blockages or other issues that can cause cold spots to develop in the home, ensuring everyone can remain comfortable no matter where they are. 

 

Boost Cost Savings  

Many factors can result in furnaces using more energy to heat homes than necessary, including: 

 

  • age, 
  • damaged thermostat, 
  • debris and dust,  
  • dirty air filters, and 
  • a clog in the system. 

 

As furnaces are responsible for up to 50% of the average home’s annual energy usage, they are often the biggest expense on energy bills. However, a maintained furnace uses less energy, which can help introduce cost savings to energy bills, especially in the winter.

 

Extend Equipment Life 

Most furnaces can last for around 15 to 20 years and heat homes well throughout that period. However, a lack of furnace maintenance in the winter can mean the furnace will last less than 10 years. Engaging in regular maintenance appointments can help ensure a furnace operates efficiently, ensuring each part is in good working condition, and identify problems when the furnace is still salvageable.  

 

Regular furnace maintenance, in the end, delays furnace replacements and other costly repairs. In many cases, it also means your furnace can last as long as 20 or even 30 years

 

Maintain Safety in the Home 

Certain issues with your furnace, such as a compromised heat exchanger or ignition assembly, can introduce a safety hazard in your home. This includes an increased risk of a fire or even carbon monoxide problems.  

 

Regular winter maintenance helps identify furnace problems early and fix them, allowing you to heat your home without worrying. Each furnace maintenance appointment includes a thorough inspection of all furnace parts, including those where issues may cause safety concerns. 

 

Reduce Need for Emergency Maintenance 

If your furnace breaks down on a particularly cold day in the winter, things can get uncomfortable very quickly. In addition to this, it can be quite expensive to get your furnace fixed on short notice – besides the fact that the necessary repair itself may also carry a hefty price tag.  

 

However, regular furnace maintenance can help reduce the need for emergency maintenance calls, since the furnace is less likely to suddenly break down if all parts are inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. 

 

 

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter 

Now that you know about the most common benefits of regular furnace maintenance in the winter, it is time to start learning about what you can do to get your furnace ready for the colder months.  

 

Here are the top 4 tips for preparing your furnace for the winter: 

 

Cover the Air Conditioner 

Your HVAC system likely includes both a heating and cooling component. However, you do not need the air conditioner during the winter, especially in Canada. Thus, you can start getting your furnace ready by covering up your air conditioner. This actually helps ensure your air conditioner is protected from the winter weather, including extreme snowfall, freezing rain, and falling ice.  

 

A board can help protect the unit, as can specially made AC unit covers. Just do not use a tarp that can trap moisture close to your unit – this may cause rust to form. 

 

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Turn Up the Thermostat 

Turning up the thermostat a few degrees is a crucial way to find out whether your furnace is functioning the way it should. Once you adjust your thermostat settings, listen. You should hear your furnace turn on in a couple of minutes – if this does not happen, or if your furnace is making an unusual noise, you need to investigate the issue.  

 

Some of the places to check include the: 

 

  • power source, 
  • heat pump, 
  • fan, and 
  • wiring. 

 

Of course, if your furnace is not working, you should call an experienced HVAC technician to conduct a thorough furnace inspection. 

 

Test the Carbon Monoxide Detector 

Carbon monoxide detectors when your furnace is running are crucial as the gas is both odorless as well as colourless, which means the detectors are the only way to know if its present in your home. If you do not already have then in your home, make sure you get them installed for the winter when your furnace will be running. If you have them, run a quick performance test. They are life-saving in an emergency! 

 

Uncover Heating Vents 

Many people cover the heating vents in their home throughout the summer. If this is the case for you, preparing your furnace for the winter needs to include uncovering these vents, as this is how your furnace will be able to safely and efficiently heat your home so you stay comfortable

 

 

Tips for Winter Furnace Maintenance 

Besides the simple actions to prepare your furnace for the cold winter months, there are also key tips for winter furnace maintenance you should keep in mind so you can maximize the benefits of your furnace for as long as possible. 

 

Here are the top 4 tips for regular maintenance of your furnace you need to know: 

 

Change the Air Filter 

Before winter really hits and you will be using your furnace, you should make sure to change your HVAC air filter(s). As winter goes on, you should be cleaning and changing the air filter(s) every 30 to 45 days. This is frequent because most people spend a lot of time in their homes throughout the winter, which means their furnaces will be running more frequently.  

 

Changing the air filter(s) helps maintain indoor air quality and extends the useful life of your furnace

 

Test Igniter Switch 

Your furnace needs to turn on in order to keep your home warm throughout the winter. Thus, part of maintenance needs to include testing the igniter switch. If you have an older model in your home, you may need to relight the pilot flame when you are doing this. Newer models have electric switches – but you still need to test that yours works before the winter gets really cold.  

 

If you find your furnace doesn’t respond when you are testing the igniter switch, you should call a furnace repair technician

 

Clear Out Chimney 

If your forced-air furnace vents through a chimney, you absolutely need to clear out your chimney as part of your regular furnace maintenance. Clearing your chimney means it will be free of obstructions, such as nests for small animals, as well as soot buildup. A clear chimney reduces the risk of a fire breaking out in your home in the winter. 

 

Inspect and Clean the Furnace 

To work at its ideal level, you need to inspect and clean your furnace regularly – so make sure it is part of your winter furnace maintenance routine.

 

Parts you will need to inspect and clean include the: 

 

  • blower motor, 
  • burners, 
  • control valve, 
  • drainage tube, and 
  • heat exchanger. 

 

 

When to Call an HVAC Technician 

When it comes to regular furnace maintenance in the winter, you may want to consider calling an HVAC professional for a furnace inspection appointment. They can inspect your furnace system thoroughly and identify any parts that may require repairs. Furnace technicians can also clean your furnace thoroughly and perform the other furnace maintenance tasks mentioned thus far. 

 

Do not hesitate to reach out for any of your HVAC needs, including furnace inspection and repairs. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians is one phone call or email away, so don’t be afraid to reach out

 

 

 

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