cold wintersAs winter approaches, homeowners need to prepare their heating systems for another cold season. Nothing helps warm your home during cold winters like a properly maintained furnace, but some HVAC experts say up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance. Left unserviced, a furnace can stop working suddenly, leaving your family in the cold. Here are just a few tips to help you get your furnace ready for winter.

Check Air Filter
Most HVAC filters need to be changed every one to three months, according to Energystar.gov. Keep this in mind when evaluating the status of your furnace’s filter. It’s also a good idea to take a quick look at the filter prior to turning the system on for the first time. Of course, for maximum efficiency, you can install a brand new filter to make sure your furnace is working at its best from the moment you first use it to the end of the season. After that, take a quick look at the filter every month or so, depending on how often you’re using your system.

Clean Air Ducts
One major cause of general furnace or AC malfunctioning is clogged air vents. Heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, sometimes even more so during cold winters. But these numbers can skyrocket due to lack of efficiency, meaning that your furnace is working harder than it needs to to achieve the same output. Taking some time to vacuum out all the air ducts in your home can truly make a difference in heat circulation and overall household comfort. If you think your furnace not working is the result of a larger problem, this is a good first place to start. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure there are no big pieces of furniture obstructing air flow from your vents.

Consider Adding Insulation
Finally, this is an opportune time to consider adding insulation to your home. Without proper insulation, energy efficiency can plummet by as much as 30% in your home. But when a proper HVAC system works in tandem with a well-insulated home, energy efficiency and coziness will likely both increase. You can start by checking walls and attics, but it’s typically best to consult a professional to help with insulation issues.

Ultimately, keeping these tips in mind can help you stay warm and toasty during cold winters for years to come. For more information about the causes of heat not working, contact Dorrian Heating and Cooling.