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5 Preventative Furnace Checklist for the Holiday Season

Preventative Furnace Checklist for the Holiday Season (Master Mechanical)

As the holiday season rolls around, many people look forward to spending time with their families. If you're hosting the festivities this year, you'll want to ensure that your furnace is up for the challenge. There are a few different maintenance tasks that you'll want to complete before your guests arrive to ensure that everyone stays comfortable throughout the holiday season.

Why Do You Need a Preventative Furnace Checklist?

Your furnace is necessary to keep everyone warm and happy during the cold winter season. Your heating system is not something that you can buy and forget about. Rather, it's a moving system that needs to undergo regular preventative maintenance to stay in good working condition.

A preventative maintenance checklist that you can refer to at the start of every winter season is a great way to help ensure that all tasks are accomplished. Not having a list can lead to forgetting certain maintenance tasks or completely forgetting maintenance.

What Tasks Should Be On Your Preventative Maintenance List?

Five simple tasks should be included on your maintenance list. These include:

Replacing Your Air Filter

  • As we switch from summer to winter, it's time to replace that HVAC air filter. A dirty air filter can decrease your furnace's efficiency and make it cost more to run. Additionally, it won't be able to filter out nasty airborne particles that could flare up your allergies and respiratory conditions.

Set Your Thermostat

  • You'll want to switch your thermostat from cooling mode to heating mode. Additionally, you should program in your schedule if you have a smart or programmable thermostat. This will allow you to take advantage of massive energy savings throughout the winter season.

Open All Vents

  • If you have a forced-air furnace, you have various supply and return vents throughout each room of your home. Now is the perfect time to head to each vent and ensure it's fully open. If any items are blocking your vents, make sure they get moved so that air can flow freely.

Examine Its Operation

  • As you use your furnace for the winter season, it's time to examine its operation. Pay particular attention to any odd noises and unpleasant smells that are radiating from your furnace. These can indicate problems that need to be addressed by an HVAC professional.

Look at Your Furnace Burners

  • Another necessary item on your checklist should be to examine the burners on your furnace. They should be burning a steady blue color. If they're yellow or orange, then there's a problem with your furnace, and it should be assessed by a heating system professional.

Call Us Today

If it's time for your annual furnace maintenance, contact us at Master Mechanical. Our helpful HVAC professionals will be more than happy to get your heating system ready to take on the cold winter season with ease.