Winter is hitting the Chicago area and that means it’s time to switch on your furnace. Is yours ready for the challenges that winter brings? Here are six maintenance tips from the team at Black Diamond that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.
1. Clean or Replace the Air Filter
If your air filter is dirty and hasn’t been replaced in a while, it’s going to make your furnace run harder than it should. This can drive up your energy bills without reason. Replace the filter at the start of the cooling season, then plan to do the same every month.
2. Clean the Air Vents
Vacuum your home, including the air vents. This helps to prevent blockages and indoor air quality problems, while also helping to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the home. If you are noticing quite a bit of buildup on your air vents, consider scheduling air duct cleaning to remove the grit and grime that’s inside the vents.
3. Add Some Insulation
While insulation may not feel like it’s part of your HVAC system, it plays a key role in the overall efficiency of your home. Check to ensure there is adequate insulation in the attic. If you aren’t sure how much insulation your home needs, check with one of our friendly HVAC technicians for expert advice.
4. Check Your Thermostat
Make sure your thermostat has fresh batteries and is set for your winter comfort needs. In order to save energy, we recommend setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature at night and while you’re at work, and turning it up when you’re home. If you don’t already have one, winter is an excellent time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. This will help you keep your thermostat set on the most efficient setting all season long.
5. Cover the Outdoor AC Unit
Consider covering your outdoor AC unit once you’re certain you won’t be using it again for the season. You can buy an affordable outdoor unit cover, and it will help protect the AC from ice and snow as well as debris buildup.
6. Schedule an Inspection
If you didn’t have a heating system inspection done in the fall, now is the time to do it. During a heating tune-up, an HVAC technician will come to your home and inspect your heating system to look for any signs of wear and tear that needs to be addressed. The inspection will also include cleaning and optimizing the furnace so it will run efficiently.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance in the McHenry, IL Area with Black Diamond
Do you need a hand with your furnace maintenance this winter? Black Diamond is here to assist. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at Black Diamond will ensure your heating system is ready for the coming heating season.
To schedule furnace maintenance in McHenry, Illinois or a surrounding area, contact Black Diamond online or give us a call at (866) 350-4793 today!