Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you think of winter, we hope you imagine a comfy evening in your warm home. But once in a while winter decides not to go along with our plans, and we're stuck shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to stop a blizzard from showing up, but you can prevent your furnace and other HVAC equipment from being ill prepared for winter. Nobody likes or deserves a faulty 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. 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 make sure that the area close to the unit itself is clear of any yard debris. Clean 5 feet of space or so from any leaves or objects. It's also smart to make sure it's protected by a bit of tarp or similar material through the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, normally found in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other materials can slowly build up in the air filter. If it goes unchecked, your HVAC system can lose efficiency and possibly even become a fire hazard. A fresh air filter allows air to flow more freely, maintaining sufficient ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality higher. To enjoy the most benefit from the filter, make sure to clean or exchange it every few months or based on manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is vital to your Lennox furnace, and as a key component it can collect a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it on occasion will help maintain strong performance. Vacuum the area near the blower and rub the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimum airflow. If you’re hearing any unusual noises or aren't getting any circulation from the vents, call a professional technician to check out 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 a large dent in the condenser unit outside can play a role in all manners of comfort problems, like heat leaking out before it makes it to your ductwork. If there is obvious damage, speak with your local technician at Breathe Healthier Air about examining the system before the temperatures start dropping. This way you can avoid letting a slight gap in the system transform into a major problem.

5. Test Your Furnace Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always practical to make sure your heating or cooling is running properly before its busiest season. Otherwise, your HVAC system could be unprepared for the first real drop in temperatures. Doing a test run of your furnace can provide the chance to discover potential problems early, while they're still easier to resolve. This also burns off any dust that will often have gathered in the air ducts over the fall, getting rid of that burnt smell. When your furnace is in working condition, you can sled away from your 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 spend some time to get your furnace prepared in advance, you can spend the winter enjoying the holidays, sipping hot cocoa or relaxing with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Be sure to follow the tips above to get your home prepared for next winter!