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Is Your Furnace Ready for the Holidays?


Many people who love Halloween are disappointed on November 1st. But those who believe that November and December mark the most wonderful time of the year are overjoyed when “spooky season” is over.

If you’re one of those people who put up their Christmas tree on 11/1, there are a lot of things to do to maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season. From scheduling furnace maintenance to changing the air filter, making sure your furnace is ready for the holidays is as easy as pumpkin pie. Let’s go over some tips to ensure your furnace is ready for the ho-ho-holidays. 

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Do you want to make your home a warm and cozy haven during the holidays? How about keeping those out-of-town guests comfortable? Annual furnace maintenance is essential to ensuring that your furnace sails through the holiday season. That’s because maintenance is the best way to get your furnace operating at peak performance. It’ll also help avoid any unexpected interruptions in service. 

Inspect Your Vents and Ductwork

Inspecting your home’s ductwork might seem like an enormous undertaking and it’s something that’s really best left to a professional HVAC company. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t routinely inspect your furnace’s ducts and vents. After all, it’s part of the essential “V” in HVAC–ventilation. 

Take 10 minutes to look over the ductwork that’s visible in your home. Look for tears, holes, and areas where connections might be separating. Hold your hand up to feel for any drafts which can indicate leaks. If anything seems amiss, call us for a professional assessment. After all, you don’t want to keep losing money on high utility bills caused by leaky ducts–that money is better spent on holiday fun!

Fall is also a great time to check your home’s vents and the area surrounding your furnace. Sometimes over the summer, items accumulate where they shouldn’t. Check your home’s vents to make sure nothing is blocking them. 

If any outdoor furniture, boxes, or lawn equipment has been placed around the perimeter of your furnace, move it to another location. Your vents and your furnace need proper airflow to work properly.

Change the Air Filter

Your furnace’s air filter also helps maximize airflow in your furnace. That’s why it’s so important to change it at the start of the heating season and every 1-3 months when your furnace is in use. Cleaning or changing the air filter keeps dirt, dust, and debris out of the furnace’s internal parts. 

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Does your home still have an outdated thermostat? With Black Friday right around the corner, now’s a great time to consider upgrading that old thermostat. Just make sure it’s installed by a pro!

A smart thermostat is the ideal way to maximize your furnace’s efficiency. It’ll help you achieve precise temperature control as it learns your patterns and adjusts accordingly. If you choose a Wi-Fi version, you’ll be able to adjust the temperature from anywhere.  

Don’t let the weather get you down, call Brown’s! Brown’s Heating & Cooling is your trusted resource for furnace maintenance in Fountain. Contact us today!

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