Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think of winter, you hopefully think about a comfortable evening curled up by the fire. But every now and then winter decides not to go along with our plans, and we're stuck shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to keep a blizzard from showing up, but you can prevent your furnace and other HVAC equipment from being poorly equipped for winter. Nobody likes or deserves an unreliable furnace, which is why we made this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepared for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

1. Cover up Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Around It

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to discharge heat, you'll want to make sure that the area close to the unit itself is clean of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any vegetation or sticks. It's also a good idea to ensure it's covered by a bit of tarp or similar material through the winter. This keeps ice and anything else from getting inside the condenser.

2. Rinse or Replace the Air Filter

Always inspect and clean out your air filter, customarily found in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other contaminants can steadily accumulate in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your heating can lose efficiency and maybe even become a fire hazard. A fresh air filter helps air to flow smoothly, maintaining sufficient ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality higher. To enjoy the most benefit from the filter, make sure to clean or replace it every couple of months or according to manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is essential to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can attract a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it now and then will help keep it in great shape. Vacuum the area next to the blower and brush the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimum airflow. If you notice any unusual noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, call a professional technician to check out your blower.

4. Search for Gaps or Dents in Your Furnace

Make sure that your furnace doesn't have visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or flaws in the condenser unit outside can play a role in all kinds of comfort problems, like heat escaping before it makes it to your ductwork. If there is noticeable damage, talk to your local technician at Kapaun & Brown Inc. about inspecting the system before the temperatures start dropping. This way you can avoid letting a small flaw in the system turn into a major problem.

5. Test Your Equipment Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always smart to make sure your HVAC system is working properly before the middle of winter. If not, your heating could be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Conducting a test run of your heating can give you the chance to recognize potential problems right away, while they're still more straightforward to fix. This also burns away any dust that may have gathered in the air ducts over the fall, removing that burnt smell. Once your furnace is in working condition, you can sled away from your HVAC worries.

A Well-Prepared 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 ready ahead of time, you can spend the rest of the season enjoying the holidays, sipping hot cocoa or spending time with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Don't forget to follow the tips above to get your home prepared for next winter!