Lansing Heating And Cooling

How to Prepare Your Home and Furnace for Winter

Furnace Repair and Maintenance Technicians in Lansing, MI

Before the snow flies, you’ll want to make sure your furnace is in good condition. The last thing you want is for your furnace to quit in the middle of winter. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prepare your furnace and your home for the heating season. For that reason, our furnace repair contractors at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling recommend contacting a heating and cooling company to schedule furnace maintenance services.

After going through the following checklist provided by the Lansing furnace repair technicians at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling, you’ll be ready for the long winter ahead.

1.) Program Thermostat

To save energy, you’ll need to program your thermostat for winter. The smaller the discrepancy between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more money you save. In cold weather, this means setting the thermostat for as low a temperature as is comfortable. Your furnace works harder and uses more energy when it has to maintain a high indoor temperature.

If you plan on being away for vacation, you may want to set your thermostat even lower to save energy while you’re gone. Just make sure you set a temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent pipes from freezing.

2.) Unblock Registers, Radiators, and Baseboard Heaters

Rooms that feel cold may have furniture blocking heat from registers, radiators, or baseboard heaters. For example, it’s not uncommon for a living room to feel colder than the rest of the house because the couch is blocking the radiator. Long drapes can also prevent heat from entering rooms.

3.) Let in the Sun

Open drapes and shades to let sunlight through southern-facing winters. Since sunlight carries heat, there’s no downside to enjoying the sunshine on a dreary winter day. What little heat passes through your windows can help rooms feel cozier. At night, we recommend closing drapes as an extra layer of protection against cold air seeping through windows.

4.) Replace Dirty Furnace Filters

We recommend you replace furnace filters every 3 to 12 months depending on the type of filter your furnace uses. The air filter in your furnace is responsible for trapping contaminants in the air like dust, dirt, and pollen. A dirty air filter blocks air passage and makes the furnace work harder to produce the same amount of heat. Replacing air filters keeps your furnace energy efficient.

5.) Schedule Furnace Tune-Up Before Winter

It’s not uncommon for furnaces to corrode after months of high humidity and lack of ventilation, which is why it’s important to schedule furnace maintenance. A furnace inspection will reveal whether you need small repairs before the heating season.

A furnace repair contractor will also be able to replace dirty air filters so your furnace can run efficiently. The cost of furnace maintenance is significantly less than what it would cost to repair a furnace that quit unexpectedly in the middle of winter.

The Lansing furnace repair contractors at Block Sloane Heating & Cooling are more than happy to help you prepare your furnace for cold weather during your next furnace service visit. If you are interested in learning more about how to prepare your furnace for winter or our furnace maintenance service, give our furnace repair technicians in Lansing a call at (616) 531-4676.