Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think about winter, we hope you think of a comfortable evening in your warm home. But once in a while winter doesn't want to go along with our plans, and we end up shivering in our own homes. You won't always be able to keep a blizzard from showing up, but you can prevent your heating from being unprepared for winter. Nobody wants or deserves a faulty furnace, which is why we created this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepped for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Winter Blast

1. Cover up Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Nearby

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to dispel heat, you'll want to ensure that the area nearby is clear of any yard debris. Clean 5 feet of space or so from any plants or sticks. It's also recommended to make sure it's covered by a section of tarp or similar material through the winter. This keeps ice and other problems from getting inside the condenser.

2. Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, usually located in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other materials can gradually accumulate in the air filter. If it continues unchecked, your HVAC system could lose efficiency and maybe even become a fire hazard. A clean air filter allows air to flow smoothly, sustaining good ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality high. To get the most benefit from an air filter, make sure to clean or change it every few months or in line with manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is essential to your Lennox furnace, and as an integral component it can collect a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it now and then will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area around the blower and clean the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimum airflow. If you hear any strange noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, get a professional technician to check out your blower.

4. Search for Gaps or Dents in Your Furnace

Make sure that your furnace doesn't have visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or a large dent in the condenser unit outside may worsen all kinds of comfort problems, such as heat escaping before it moves into your ductwork. If there is significant damage, consult your local technician at Rescue Heating & Air about examining the system before the temperatures start falling. This way you can avoid letting a small gap in the system transform into a major problem.

5. Test Your Equipment Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always practical to make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly before the middle of winter. If not, your HVAC system may be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Doing a test run of your heating can give you the opportunity to notice potential problems right away, while they're still simpler to fix. This also removes any dust that might 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 any 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 prepared in advance, you can spend the winter enjoying the holidays, having hot cocoa or spending time with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Remember to follow the tips above to get your home prepped for next winter!