Michigan is one of the coldest states in the U.S., primarily due to its location and proximity to the Great Lakes. Evening temperatures regularly fall below zero degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, and some parts of the state can receive nearly 200 inches of snow in a single season. Now that it’s getting colder outside, the time has arrived to inspect your furnace to ensure it’s working safely and efficiently to handle the demands of the upcoming winter. Before cranking up the heat to beat those frigid temperatures, take the following steps:
Test the Thermostat
Turn the temperature up on your thermostat and listen to your furnace or boiler to see if it turns on. If it doesn’t turn on, makes unusual noises, or creates a smell emanating from your heating vents, contact a professional HVAC company right away. Modern thermostats are often battery powered, and these batteries should be replaced approximately every six months.
Replace the Air Filter
Summertime causes a great deal of dust, dirt, grime, pollen, and other debris to accumulate in the air filter. When this happens, air flow is restricted, allergens and other airborne contaminants are not properly filtered, and your HVAC system must work harder to maintain the temperature, driving up your energy usage. Dirty filters can also cause damage in other parts of the unit, including the coils and ducts. Experts recommend replacing your filter every two to three months, but you may want to do so more often depending on your household size, whether you have pets, and if anyone in your family experiences respiratory issues, like asthma.
Check Vents and Air Ducts
Inspect the intake and exhaust vents of your system to make sure it is free from leaves, rodents, bird nests, and other obstacles. When these vents are blocked, your system may shut off or even cause carbon monoxide to build up inside your home. Remove any items you may be storing near your furnace that could pose a fire hazard and check your air ducts to ensure they are not blocked either.
Schedule a Professional Inspection
The only way to truly guarantee your system is prepared this fall is to hire an experienced HVAC company to perform a professional inspection. Contact Birmingham Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling today to make sure your home stays safe and comfortable as the temperatures drop.