5 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Furnace for Cooler Weather

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Are you trying to hold on to the last bit of Summer or aren’t ready to fully accept winter is just around the corner? Us too! But sadly, we need to start prepping our Schaumburg HVAC systems for the cooler weather ahead.

Not sure when to turn on your furnace or need a reminder (since it’s been a good 6 months)? Here are some steps to take to make sure your furnace is ready for the upcoming cooler Illinois weather.

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1. Change the Filter

Regularly changing your furnace filter is an important part of furnace maintenance, not only for the health of your HVAC system, but it provides clean air for your home and prevents you from breathing in harmful pollutants. For more information about furnace filters and how to check/change a filter, check out our previous blog post all about air filters!

2. Test Your Furnace

If you’re reading this, it’s time to test your furnace. Yes, even if it’s only 60 degrees and there’s no snow on the ground. NOW is the time to make sure your furnace is running and heating properly, because if it’s not, you’ll have enough time to get it checked out or or call us for furnace repair if needed.

To test your furnace, simply switch your thermostat from cool to heat. Next, set the temperature a couple degrees higher. Your furnace should kick on within a few minutes.

3. Check Vents

The first time you turn on your furnace is a good time to double check all your vents to make sure they are uncovered, open and nothing is blocking air from coming out. Floor vents easily get covered by furniture and rugs or are accidentally closed or blocked (maybe by a toddler finding a good hiding place for their cheerios…been there!).

4. Listen for Weird Noises

Once you’ve switched your thermostat to heat, and the furnace motor kicks on, listen for any weird noises. Noises such as banging, squeaking or scraping are indications of a problem. Bad airflow or a loose or broken motor could be the culprit. Its always best to get it checked out by a trained professional.

5. Schedule a Tune Up

Scheduling a routine clean and check on your furnace, at least once a year, will increase the life of your HVAC system, minimize the cost of repairs, and ensure your equipment is running properly and efficiently.

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If you have any questions about prepping your furnace for winter or would like to schedule a furnace tune up, give us a call at On the Mark Heating & Air today or book online!

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