Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you imagine winter, we hope you think about a comfortable evening curled up by the fire. But once in a while winter decides not to go along with our plans, and we end up shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to keep a blizzard from rolling through, but you can prevent your furnace and other HVAC equipment from being poorly equipped for winter. Nobody wants or deserves an unreliable furnace, which is why we prepared this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepped 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 dispel heat, you'll want to ensure that the area close to the unit itself is clear of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any leaves or sticks. It's also recommended to ensure it's covered up by a bit of tarp or similar material through the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Rinse or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, customarily placed in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other contaminants can gradually accumulate in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your HVAC system can lose efficiency and possibly even become a fire hazard. A clean air filter enables air to flow smoothly, sustaining good ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality high. To secure the most benefit from the 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 crucial to your Lennox furnace, and as an essential component it can collect a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it now and then will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area next to the blower and rub the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimal airflow. If you hear any strange noises or are not getting any circulation from the vents, hire a professional technician to examine your blower.

4. Check 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 flaws in the condenser unit outside may play a role in all kinds of comfort problems, including heat escaping before it reaches your ductwork. If there is obvious damage, speak with your local technician at Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC about inspecting the system before the temperatures begin to drop. This way you can avoid letting a slight gap in the system grow into a major problem.

5. Test Your Furnace Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always wise to make sure your HVAC system is working properly before the middle of winter. Otherwise, your furnace could be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Performing a test run of your heating can provide the opportunity to recognize potential problems then and there, while they're still simpler to correct. This also removes any dust that may have gathered in the air ducts during the fall, getting rid of that burnt smell. When your furnace is in working order, you can sled away from these HVAC worries.

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

Winter weather is going to be on the way before you know it. If you make an effort to get your furnace prepped beforehand, you can spend the winter enjoying the holidays, having hot cocoa or hanging out with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Be sure to follow the tips above to get your home prepared for next winter!