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Prepare Your Furnace For Winter

House covered in Snow

Blog Highlights

  • It is important to confirm that your furnace is working efficiently and safely
  • Regular maintenance can help keep your furnace in good working order
  • The best course of action to prepare your furnace for winter is to call an HVAC professional

If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you need to make sure your furnace is prepared for winter. In order to keep your home warm and safe throughout the winter, it is important to confirm that your furnace is working efficiently and safely.

 Regular maintenance can help keep your furnace in good working order. Change your filters at least every three months, if not monthly. A good way to know how often to change your filter is to check it after the first month. If it is relatively clean you can wait to change it, if not then replace it immediately. Buy your supply of filters during the summer when they’re on sale. This way you’ll be stocked and ready when the temperature drops and the snow starts falling.

 Make sure any items that could catch fire are placed a safe distance from the furnace. Similarly, clear away any objects that might be blocking any air ducts or vents. If you’re operating a gas furnace, check the levels. You don’t want to run out of propane in the middle of a snowstorm. Consider having your tank filled in the warmer months as gas prices are usually lower.

 The final step to prepare your furnace for winter is in regard to water radiators. If you have hot water radiators, you should bleed the valves. Simply open the valves and keep them open until you see water. This ensures that the radiators are ready to work well throughout the winter.

 Of course, it might be more prudent and simpler to call an HVAC professional for an inspection. He will clean the furnace and the ducts, check for leaks, and change the filter, verifying that everything is ready for the winter months.

If you’re getting ready for winter in Salt Lake City or Park City, we at Tingey Plumbing can help make sure your furnace is safe and operational. Call us today!