Prepare Your Furnace for Winter: Get the Step-by-Step Checklist

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Prepare Your Furnace for Winter: Get the Step-by-Step Checklist

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When cold weather is on its way, you need to prepare your Taunton furnace for winter. A few simple steps can save you time and money when winter hits and potentially lower your energy bills.

Here are some of our pro tips, or call the team at Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling if you need heating maintenance in Taunton, a repair, or are exploring a new installation.

Step 1: Make Sure Everything is Safe

Before you do anything to your furnace, boiler, heat pump, or any heating system, you need to make sure it’s as safe as possible. Turn off the circuit breaker and avoid any unexpected power surges. If you’re not sure which switch you need to turn off, try turning off the main power switch to your home.

Step 2: Swap Out Your Air Filter

Dirty, clogged filters are often the culprits behind slow, sluggish, and inefficient HVACs. You can change the filter yourself, or call the team at Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling to help. We’ll do a full heating maintenance service, change the filter, and can show you how to do it yourself. Once a dirty filter is replaced, you should notice an immediate improvement in air quality and efficiency. A clean air filter can also help protect against pollutants in your home that impact allergies and respiratory health issues.

Step 3: Check for Any Air Leaks

If you have an older home or it was never insulated properly, you like have air leaks around your doors, windows, and vents. Place your hands next to windows, window sills, and doors to see if you feel a draft or notice a gap. You can usually use door draft, caulk, or similar materials to seal up the leaks and keep more warmth in your home. It will also help keep your furnace or other heating system from working overtime this winter.

Step 4: Clean Out Your Vents and Ducts as Much as Possible

Just like your air filters get dirty and dusty, so can your vents and ducts. You can use a vacuum and its attachments to try and clean out your vents. However, it’s challenging to get deep into your ducts without professional help. Call the experts at Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling for a heating maintenance service to get everything clean and in good working order. .

Step 5: Take a Look at the Exhaust Flue

The exhaust flue attached to your furnace helps ventilate your system and prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide can cause serious illness or even death. Change out your carbon monoxide detector batteries at lease once a year and periodically monitor its readings.

Step 6: Lubricate Your Heater’s Moving Parts

If you have some knowledge about your furnace and feel comfortable, you can try lubricating its moving parts, including the blower motor and bearings. When you properly lubricating your furnace, it helps the reduce friction and keeps everything working as efficiently and quietly as possible. However, it’s wise to call an expert if you’re not familiar with any of the parts or what to do next.

Step 7: Give Your Ignition System a Test Start

Your furnace’s ignition system is integral to it working properly each winter. Check to make sure your pilot light is on at all, that it’s blue and not yellow, and that everything is coming on quickly. Consult your operator’s manual if you need to troubleshoot any part of the process.

Step 8: Clean Out the Blower

Your furnace’s blower assembly needs to be dust-free and with no visible debris impairing anything. If you neglect heating maintenance, you could see a rise in your utility bills. If you’re not sure how to handle the blower, call the team at Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling for a thorough cleaning.

Step 9: Inspect or Troubleshoot Your Thermostat

Once your power is back on, check on your thermostat. Is it working correctly? Is the heat on? If something is amiss, check to see that the program you scheduled in your thermostat is still correct. If the time looks correct, check to see that it’s set to a.m. or p.m., depending on which you want.

Step 10: Get On a Heating Maintenance Plan

You’ve exhausted about everything you can do on your furnace or heating system on your own. It’s time to call the qualified technicians from Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling to help. Our heating maintenance in Taunton also help extend the lifespan of your furnace and helps save you money in the long-run.

Schedule Your HVAC Maintenance or Repair with Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling

The Taunton HVAC team at Rego Electric, Heating & Cooling are here to help you keep your home warm and worry-free. We’re here to help! Call us right away if you notice any issues or stay proactive and schedule any of our heating maintenance, heating repairs, or installations in Taunton!

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