If Sunday’s frigid temperatures in the Denver Metro area were any indication of what this winter will be like in 2018-2019 in Colorado, then we may be in for colder weather and snowier weather. Lakewood Plumbing and Heating has some tips to help you prepare your furnace for winter in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and other Front Range cities and towns.
5 Quick Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter
- Get a Furnace Tune-Up: A Fall Furnace tune-up can increase the longevity of your furnace. Reduce emergency breakdowns. Emergency breaks-downs are costly and having a quick fall furnace tune up takes less than two hours, and reduces the chance for a winter breakdown. When your furnace breaks down on a cold day, your family will not only be frigid. But often times heating companies are fully booked and they only times available for emergencies are during after hours, which can double the cost of a repair. Just like families that prepare for hard winters, getting your furnace looked at before the season starts is a great way to save your furnace and money in the long run.
- Change Your Filter: You should always change out your furnace air filter at least every 3 months. If you have a dog, then you should shoot for every 60 days, and if a family member has allergies or asthma then every 30 days is best. Replacing the furnace air filter can not only improve the air quality in your home, but also improve the longevity of your furnace.
- Install a CO monitor: Install a CO monitor to protect your family. A bad furnace or faulty ductwork can put harmful fumes back into the home. A CO monitor will go off when there is an unheathly amount of CO in the home. CO is one of the leading silent killers across the world.
- Check Your Pilot Light: Keep an eye on your pilot light. After a windy day the wind could blow out the pilot light, and you could be without heat. The same goes for your hot water heater. More times than not, a call for no hot water in a home, is due to a pilot light being out.
- Clean Your Furnace: As with all systems, your entire heating and cooling system needs to be cleaned and regularly maintained to ensure it’s in good operating condition. Take a quick walk around at the start of each season. Are all vents accessible? Are floor registers free of debris, pet hair, dust and scraps of paper? Anything inside the vents can move down into the ductwork and reduce efficiency. Remove floor registers and use a vacuum to clean up any messes that occur near them. You can also consider having your ductwork cleaned, especially if you have made significant renovations to your home, or it’s been several years since they were cleaned.
Do you need a fall furnace tune up or possibly need a new furnace or system? Contact us today! 303-233-7007 or fill out the form below.