Preparing Your Furnace For A Winter Storm

During the winter, a quality furnace is the key to a safe, healthy, and happy home. In Ottawa, we’re no strangers to experiencing harsh winter storms, and this can put a lot of stress on our furnaces, causing them to work less effectively or even to shut off. Before the dead of winter hits, it’s important to avoid any potential furnace issues by preparing your furnace for any winter storm: here are our expert tips to make sure your furnace is ready for whatever winter throws its way.

Keep External Vents Clear
Your furnace’s pipe leading to the exterior of your home can very easily become clogged with leaves, dirt, snow, and other natural materials. A clogged pipe can cause the furnace to overheat, work less efficiently, or even cease operation. When preparing your furnace for a winter storm, make sure that its external pipe is not blocked, and check occasionally to make sure it stays that way throughout the bad weather.

Check Your Home For Drafts
If you have a drafty home, you’re not only losing heat and money, you’re also forcing your furnace to work harder to keep your home comfortable, leading to wear and tear and even potential breakdowns over time. For a quick fix when preparing your home for a winter storm, invest in some affordable weather stripping from your local hardware store, and locate and seal any drafts coming from windows and doors.

Have Extra Filters Handy
During the coldest days of winter, your furnace has to work overtime to keep your home warm. During milder days, your furnace will turn on to heat your home and then turn off for a rest period, but colder days will have your furnace running all day and night. Constant use of the furnace can make your furnace filter clog quicker than usual, so when preparing for the winter make sure to have extra furnace filters handy to keep your air clean and your furnace running smoothly.

Call For Preventative Maintenance
The best thing you can do when preparing your furnace for a winter storm is to book annual preventative maintenance with the experts at Team Harding. Our team of expert HVAC technicians will perform a full inspection of your furnace to make sure it’s in working order for the winter ahead and showing no signs of potential damage or breakdown. If an issue is found, our team will either fix it on site or schedule a repair as soon as possible so your furnace keeps working its best no matter how bad the weather gets.

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