Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think of winter, ideally you think of a comfortable evening curled up by the fire. But once in a while winter decides not to go along with our plans, and we're left shivering in our own homes. You might not be able to stop a blizzard from showing up, but you can prevent your HVAC system from being poorly equipped for winter. Nobody wants or deserves a faulty furnace, which is why we prepared this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepared for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Cold Winter

1. Cover Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Near It

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to release heat, you'll want to see to it that the area surrounding it is clean of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any plants or rocks. It's also recommended to make sure it's protected by a section of tarp or similar material during the winter. This keeps ice and anything else from getting inside the condenser.

2. Rinse or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, normally located in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other kinds of debris can steadily accumulate in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your heating can lose efficiency and possibly even become a fire hazard. A clean air filter enables air to flow smoothly, maintaining adequate ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality healthy. To enjoy the most benefit from an air filter, make sure to clean or exchange it every two or three months or in line with manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is vital to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can attract a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it once in a while will help it continue working at its best. Vacuum the area next to the blower and brush the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimum airflow. If you hear any unusual noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, hire 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 can contribute to all sorts of comfort problems, like heat escaping before it reaches your ductwork. If there is noticeable damage, consult your local technician at Airmen HVAC Service about examining the system before the temperatures start falling. This way you can avoid letting a slight gap in the system grow into a major problem.

5. Test Your Equipment Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always smart to make sure your HVAC system is running properly before the middle of winter. If not, your furnace may be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Performing a test run of your furnace can offer you the opportunity to notice potential problems then and there, while they're still more straightforward to fix. This also removes any dust that will often have piled up in the air ducts during the fall, eliminating that burnt smell. Once your furnace is in working shape, you can sled away from your HVAC worries.

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

Winter weather will be on its way before you know it. If you spend some time to get your furnace prepped beforehand, you can spend the all winter enjoying the holidays, drinking hot cocoa or spending time with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Be sure to follow the tips above to get your home prepped for next winter!