Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you imagine winter, you hopefully think of a comfortable evening in your warm home. But sometimes winter doesn't want to go along with our plans, and we're stuck shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to prevent a blizzard from blowing through, but you can prevent your heating from being poorly equipped for winter. Nobody wants or deserves an unreliable furnace, which is why we created this checklist for getting your HVAC system ready for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for a Cold Winter

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

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to release heat, you'll want to make sure that the area surrounding it is free of any yard debris. Clear 5 feet of space or so from any plants or rocks. It's also a good idea to make sure it's covered by a bit of tarp or similar material over the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Wash or Replace the Air Filter

Always evaluate and clean out your air filter, customarily placed in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other kinds of debris can steadily collect in the air filter. If it continues unchecked, your HVAC system 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 healthy. To secure the most benefit from the filter, make sure to clean or replace it every couple of months or in line with manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is essential to your Lennox furnace, and as an integral component it can accumulate a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it now and then will help it continue working at its best. Vacuum the area around the blower and rub the blades with a microfiber cloth for more efficient airflow. If you hear any unusual noises or are not getting any circulation from the vents, call a professional technician to check your blower.

4. Look 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 could contribute to all sorts of comfort problems, like heat escaping before it reaches your ductwork. If there is obvious damage, speak with your local technician at Luikart Heating & Cooling about checking out the system before the temperatures start dropping. This way you can avoid letting a slight crack in the system turn into a major problem.

5. Test Your Equipment Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always wise to make sure your HVAC system is running properly before its busiest season. Otherwise, your furnace may be unequipped for the first significant drop in temperatures. Doing a test run of your furnace can provide the opportunity to detect potential problems right away, while they're still easier to solve. This also burns away any dust that may have gathered in the air ducts over the fall, getting rid of that burnt smell. Once 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 will be on its way before you know it. If you take the time to get your furnace prepped ahead of time, you can spend the rest of the season 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!