It’s important to prepare for the cold season ahead by scheduling proper furnace maintenance. Here are some helpful tips you can follow as a homeowner to ensure your furnace is ready for winter.
DIY Furnace Maintenance
There are a number of things you can do on your own before calling in a Calgary furnace repairs company to complete your fall maintenance. Furnace experts will appreciate your preparations and you will feel better equipped to handle emergency furnace situations in the future.
Change Air Filter
The most important furnace maintenance you can do as a homeowner is regularly replacing your furnace air filters. Generally, filters should be replaced every three months or so but regardless of the last time you changed the filter, you should change it again once the weather starts to turn. It’s also a good idea to stock up on filters for the winter months. In case you need emergency furnace repair, having extra furnace filters on hand is a good idea.
Clean Air Vents
Regardless of how well your furnace runs, dirt and dust can build up in your air vents. Successful Fall furnace maintenance includes vacuuming out all accessible ducts and furnace cleaning the vents. Wiping the vents may suffice, but they will get cleaner if you soak them in soapy water.
Tidy Furnace Area
It’s important to keep the area around your furnace free from clutter so that furnace repair technicians can perform proper maintenance and have easy access to the tools they need as well as access to the furnace, furnace switch, gas valve, fuse box and the air vents.
Preparing for Emergency Repair
In case of emergencies, it’s important to make sure you have a functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detector; change the batteries and run trial tests to make sure it’s working properly. You should be aware of where the gas valve is so you can turn it off in case of a leak. Most importantly, always have the number to your emergency furnace repair company visible and easily accessible.