As we enjoy this mild fall weather, we know that it won’t be long before temperatures drop, and winter sets in. If the past few winters are any indication, we’re in store for several bitterly cold months before spring reappears.
Before winter does its worst, it’s important to be prepared. Our team of comfort specialists at DASH Heating and Cooling are the leading providers of heat pump repair and furnace repair in Little Rock, and we’re always available for a free, no obligation inspection of your furnace or heat pump. There are also several preventative maintenance tasks that you can do on your own to keep your furnace functioning at optimum capacity:
Visually inspect the unit
Shut down the power to your furnace, and allow it to cool completely before you remove any external panels. Look for corrosion or rust, and visually inspect the exhaust flue for holes, dents, or gaps. Make sure that there is no obvious loose wiring, and if you have any belts, make sure that they are tight, and not brittle. Also check for soot or oil residue outside of the combustion chamber.
Clean your combustion chamber
Clean the combustion chamber with a stiff wire brush, and use an industrial shop vacuum to finish the job. Before you replace the cover, check for holes and rust inside the combustion chamber.
Change your filters
During the winter you should change your air filter at least semi-monthly. We are inside more often due to the weather with makes us more suspect to health issues. Additionally, the sun is not out as long and is not as intense, therefore the UV rays do not control the harmful bacteria and viruses as it does in the summer.
Clear your vents
Finally, if you have floor registers, take your industrial vacuum and clear all floor registers and floor boots. You’d be surprised at how much household dust and pet hair that they can collect, and clearing everything will allow your furnace to function more efficiently. This decreases pollution in your home so your family will also breathe easier.
Routine maintenance is a great way to prolong the life of your furnace, and it can also significantly lower your household energy costs. Your heating system should be checked by a licensed technician every year for your health and safety. We’re available at any time if you have any questions, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all products and services. To schedule a service appointment, click here, or give us a call at (501) 224-3274.