How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

When the temperatures begin to drop, we all switch off the air conditioning units to utilize the furnace instead. As with most machinery, though, it’s not a good idea to blindly start it back up after it has been sitting unused for months. 

During months the furnace isn’t in use, dust can pile up, parts can malfunction or break, and you could be left running a unit that poses a risk to your family. Much like getting your AC ready for summer, there are steps to take to make sure your furnace is running in tip-top shape.

Our pro tip: don’t wait until the first snow storm to decide to get your furnace ready! 

The earlier on you take the time to gear up for winter, the less issues you’re likely to have with your unit. Even if there is a problem, you’re allowing time for the issue to be resolved, so you don’t have to worry about how your family is going to survive the cold temperatures approaching.

At the end of the day, Triangle AC is here to offer you 24/7 service for all of your HVAC needs. Here are some tips for getting your furnace ready for the upcoming cold weather!

1. Check your air filter

Your air filter should always be checked before turning your furnace on. The frequency of changing your air filters varies, but a good rule of thumb is to at least check them every few months, or once a month if your household includes children, pets, or often has visitors!

2. Turn on your thermostat for your furnace

Not to sound too obvious, but a key indicator your furnace isn’t working properly is if you don’t hear it kick on after turning the temperature up a few degrees. If this is the case, you may want to call a professional to help you diagnose the problem.

3. Check monoxide and fire alarms

It’s never a bad idea to be prepared. When it comes to starting your furnace up for the season, checking the carbon monoxide and fire alarms are always a great place to start.

Ensuring they are working properly and replacing the batteries with new ones is a great way to prevent the worst case scenario happening. Additionally, doing this will give you peace of mind when it comes to those cold winter nights when your furnace is working overtime to keep the house warm. 

At Triangle AC, we know the importance of comfort. That’s why we prioritize our customers and their needs. We promise to deliver honest, friendly, and affordable service. Click here for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment today! For all of your HVAC needs in Pittsburgh, feel free to reach out to us today!