How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter: A Comprehensive Guide

Prep furnace for winter

As the fall and winter seasons set in, we understand how important it is for you and your family to stay warm and cozy. That’s why Service Plus, a customer-service-focused heating, cooling, and plumbing company with a client base dating back to 2003, has put together this comprehensive guide to prepare your furnace for the upcoming months. You can rest easy knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable and energy-efficient home.

1. Check and Replace Air Filters

To improve indoor air quality and heating and cooling performance, inspect and replace clogged or dirty air filters with new ones for efficient airflow and optimal heating as temperatures drop.

2. Clean Air Vents for Optimal Circulation

Clean air vents promote indoor air quality and efficient HVAC operation. Regularly remove obstructions, vacuum vents, and clean ducts to maintain a healthy and comfortable environment.

3. Seal Air Leaks for Energy Efficiency

Identify and seal air leaks to prevent heat loss and save energy. Check doors and windows by holding a paper to detect drafts—seal gaps with weatherstripping to prevent cold air entry and warm air escape, optimizing HVAC efficiency.

4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can help you adjust to changing fall weather patterns. By setting temperature schedules for different times, manual adjustments can be prevented. Specific models even offer smartphone integration for remote control, optimizing comfort and reducing energy costs.

5. Consider Upgrading HVAC Units

Units over 10-15 years old may need replacement due to increased energy consumption and difficulty maintaining a comfortable temperature. Signs of an outdated unit include high energy bills and uneven heating. Let our heating and cooling professionals help you with ideas for an efficient and appropriately sized model recommendation.

6. Schedule Professional Furnace Tune-up

A fall heating system tune-up involves inspecting units, performing maintenance, and addressing issues to prevent breakdowns, extend system life, and save energy.

In conclusion, taking steps to prepare your furnace for winter can ensure comfort and energy efficiency. To optimize your heating and cooling system, consider the following: 

  1. Replacing air filters for improved indoor air quality and performance. 
  2. Maintaining clean air vents to ensure proper airflow and indoor air quality. 
  3. Sealing air leaks to save energy and enhance efficiency. 
  4. Installing a programmable thermostat for adaptive comfort and energy savings.
  5. Consider upgrading old heating and cooling units for improved efficiency. 
  6. Schedule a professional furnace tune-up for peak performance and longevity.

By following these proactive measures, you’ll enjoy a comfortable and energy-efficient home during the fall. For expert assistance, contact us today at (317) 434-2627 to schedule a professional furnace tune-up and view our monthly specials!

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