Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you imagine winter, you hopefully think of a comfy evening curled up by the fire. But every now and then winter doesn't want to go along with our plans, and we're left shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to prevent 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 a broken-down furnace, which is why we created this checklist for getting your HVAC system prepared for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Winter Blast

1. Wrap up Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Around It

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to discharge heat, you'll want to ensure that the area surrounding it is free of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any leaves or sticks. It's also smart to make sure it's protected by a piece of tarp or similar material over the winter. This keeps ice and other problems from getting inside the condenser.

2. Rinse or Replace the Air Filter

Always evaluate and clean out your air filter, usually 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 furnace could lose efficiency and maybe even become a fire hazard. A clear air filter helps air to flow more freely, sustaining sufficient ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality high. To enjoy the most benefit from your filter, make sure to clean or change it every couple of months or in line with manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is crucial to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can collect a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it once in a while 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 notice any strange noises or aren't 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 is free of visible damage on the inside or outside units. A hole in the air handler or a large dent in the condenser unit outside may contribute to all manners of comfort problems, such as heat leaking out before it reaches your ductwork. If there is noticeable damage, consult your local technician at Durable Service about checking out the system before the temperatures start dropping. This way you can avoid letting a slight flaw in the system grow into a major problem.

5. Test Your Furnace Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always smart to make sure your furnace is functioning properly before its busiest season. If you don't, your HVAC system may be unequipped for the first true drop in temperatures. Performing a test run of your furnace can give you the chance to notice potential problems then and there, while they're still simpler to correct. This also burns away any dust that might have piled up in the air ducts during the fall, getting rid of that burnt smell. As soon as your furnace is in working order, you can sled away from these HVAC worries.

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

Winter weather should be on the way before you know it. If you make an effort to get your furnace prepped in advance, you can spend the winter enjoying the holidays, having hot cocoa or hanging out with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Don't forget to follow the tips above to get your home ready for next winter!