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Is Your Furnace Ready for the Holidays?


As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves immersed in the magical world of twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the unmistakable scent of holiday spices wafting through the air. Amidst the excitement, your furnace is working hard in the background. Before the festivities begin this season, it might be a good time for furnace repair in Maumee, OH. Let’s take a look at your furnace and see if it is ready to embrace the warmth of the season.

Preparing Your Furnace for the Festivities

Filters trap dust, debris, and airborne particles. This makes sure that the air circulating through your home is as crisp as a winter morning. Before the festivities kick in consider giving these filters a clean slate to maximize their efficiency.

Another component to check is your thermostat. The thermostat is your furnace’s trusty sidekick and controls your home’s temperature. Make sure that it’s in tune by checking the batteries and calibrating it to the perfect cozy setting.

Screeching, banging, or rumbling noises might be signs that your furnace is not in proper working order. A professional check-up can help ensure your furnace operates quietly throughout the season.

Winterizing Your Furnace

Winterizing your furnace is an important step to ensure that it’s operating safely and efficiently during the colder months. Here’s a checklist to make sure yours is ready.

  • Start by checking your furnace’s air filter. If it’s clogged or dirty, replace it with a new one.
  • Ensure your thermostat is in good working condition. Replace the batteries, if necessary, and consider upgrading.
  • Make sure all vents and registers are open and unobstructed. Vacuum away any dust or debris.
  • Check your ductwork for leaks or gaps which can allow up to 30% of your conditioned air to escape.
  • Clear the area around your furnace. Remove any items stored near the furnace.
  • The exhaust flue carries combustion gases safely out of your home. Inspect it for any signs of damage or blockage. 
  • Hire one of our service professionals for a thorough furnace inspection and maintenance. 
  • Make sure that the ignition system is working properly. If you have a pilot light make sure it’s lit. For electronic ignition systems test the ignition sequence to make sure it’s reliable.
  • Furnace components with moving parts, such as the blower motor, benefit from proper lubrication which we’ll take care of during a tune-up.
  • If your furnace is gas-powered, we’ll also inspect the gas line for any leaks or damage. 
  • Adequate insulation around your home helps your furnace work more efficiently. Check doors and windows for drafts and consider adding weatherstripping or insulation where needed.
  • Furnaces, especially gas-powered ones, can produce carbon monoxide. A working CO detector is important for the safety of your household.

In the peace and joy of the holiday season, your furnace is working hard in the background. So, before the first snowflake descends, take a moment to make sure that your furnace is ready to embrace the festivities. After all, a cozy home is the perfect backdrop for making cherished holiday memories. 

Here’s to a season filled with warmth, joy and comfort. Contact AW Heating & Cooling today. Your comfort specialists.

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