Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think about winter, you hopefully think of a cozy evening at home. But every now and then winter doesn't want to go along with our plans, and we're stuck shivering in our own homes. You won't always be able to keep a blizzard from rolling through, but you can prevent your furnace and other HVAC equipment from being unprepared for winter. Nobody wants or deserves a broken-down furnace, which is why we made this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepped for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Winter Blast

1. Wrap up Your Outdoor Unit and Clean the Space Nearby

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to dispel heat, you'll want to see to it that the area nearby is free of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any plants or sticks. It's also smart to ensure it's covered up by a bit of tarp or similar material during the winter. This keeps ice and anything else from getting inside the condenser.

2. Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Always inspect and clean out your air filter, normally found in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other contaminants can slowly build up in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your HVAC system could lose efficiency and possibly even become a fire hazard. A clear air filter enables air to flow more freely, sustaining adequate ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality healthy. To secure the most benefit from an air filter, make sure to clean or exchange it every couple of months or according to manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is crucial to your Lennox furnace, and as an integral component it can collect a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it on occasion will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area near the blower and brush the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimal airflow. If you notice any odd noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, hire a professional technician to check your blower.

4. Check for Gaps or Dents in Your Furnace

Make sure that your furnace has no visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or a large dent in the condenser unit outside may play a role in all manners of comfort problems, including heat escaping before it moves into your ductwork. If there is significant damage, speak with your local technician at Aggressive Mechanical about inspecting the system before the temperatures begin to drop. This way you can avoid letting a small crack in the system grow into a major problem.

5. Test Your Furnace Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always smart to make sure your furnace is working properly before its busiest season. If you don't, your heating might be unequipped for the first true drop in temperatures. Conducting a test run of your heating can provide the chance to discover potential problems then and there, while they're still simpler to fix. This also removes any dust that will often have piled up in the air ducts over the fall, removing that burnt smell. When your furnace is in working order, you can sled away from these HVAC worries.

A Well-Prepared Furnace Is a Great Way to Welcome Winter

Winter weather will be on the way before you know it. If you make an effort to get your furnace prepped beforehand, you can spend the winter enjoying the holidays, drinking hot cocoa or relaxing with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Don't forget to follow the tips above to get your home prepped for next winter!