Cooler fall weather is a welcome change from the Texas summer. However, as soon as the weather turns colder, your formerly forgotten furnace suddenly becomes the most important appliance in your home. Don’t get left out in the cold—keep your furnace running smoothly all winter long by maintaining it before the first storm arrives.
There are plenty of things you can do as a homeowner to prepare for colder weather. Make sure these items are on your furnace maintenance checklist:
As the heating system circulates air, dust, fibers, pet dander, and other airborne particles build up on the filter. Over time, these particles begin to block airflow, forcing the furnace to work harder and raising your energy bills. Stay on top of this by checking and changing the filter at the start of the heating season.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, install one. Then, program the settings to match your winter schedule.
If you closed the air vents over the summer, reopen them before running the furnace. Also, make sure no furniture, rugs, or curtains block the airflow.
They should be a steady blue color. If you see orange or yellow flickering flames, turn off the furnace and call a heating professional to make an adjustment.
If you hear booming, clicking, squealing, or other odd sounds, ask a technician for guidance. A rotten egg smell could indicate a natural gas leak. Exit your house immediately and call the fire department before calling us.