Use These Tips to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

August 23, 2022

When you imagine winter, you hopefully think about a comfortable evening at home. But sometimes winter doesn't feel like going along with our plans, and we're stuck shivering in our own homes. You may not be able to prevent a blizzard from showing up, but you can prevent your furnace and other HVAC equipment from being poorly equipped for winter. Nobody likes or deserves a broken-down furnace, which is why we made this checklist for getting your HVAC system ready for winter.

Five Ways to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

1. Cover Your Outdoor Unit and Clear the Space Around It

Since most HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser unit to discharge heat, you'll want to make sure that the area surrounding it is clear of any yard debris. Clean 5 feet of space or so from any vegetation or sticks. It's also smart to ensure it's covered up by a bit of tarp or similar material during the winter. This keeps ice and other debris from getting inside the condenser.

2. Wash or Replace the Air Filter

Always check and clean out your air filter, usually placed in your furnace's indoor air handler. Dust, pollen, animal dander and many other contaminants can steadily collect in the air filter. If it grows unchecked, your HVAC system might lose efficiency and possibly even become a fire hazard. A clear air filter enables air to flow more freely, sustaining good ventilation and helping keep indoor air quality higher. To get the most benefit from an air filter, make sure to clean or replace it every two or three months or based on manufacturer instructions.

3. Clean the Blower

The blower is crucial to your Lennox furnace, and as an integral component it can attract a lot of wear and tear. Cleaning it on occasion will help keep it in great shape. Vacuum the area near the blower and brush the blades with a microfiber cloth for optimum airflow. If you’re hearing any odd noises or can't get any circulation from the vents, hire a professional technician to check your blower.

4. Search 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 damage to the condenser unit outside can contribute to all kinds of comfort problems, such as heat leaking out before it reaches your ductwork. If there is noticeable damage, speak with your local technician at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc about examining the system before the temperatures start falling. This way you can avoid letting a slight flaw in the system turn into a major problem.

5. Test Your Heating Before It Gets Too Cold

It's always wise to make sure your HVAC system is running properly before the middle of winter. If not, your HVAC system might be unprepared for the first true drop in temperatures. Conducting a test run of your furnace can give you the opportunity to recognize potential problems right away, while they're still more straightforward to correct. This also burns away any dust that may have gathered in the air ducts beforehand, getting rid of that burnt smell. When your furnace is in working condition, you can sled away from your HVAC worries.

A Well-Prepared Furnace Is a Great Way to Welcome Winter

Winter weather will be on its way before you know it. If you spend some time to get your furnace ready ahead of time, you can spend the rest of the season enjoying the holidays, drinking hot cocoa or hanging out with your family inside a warm, cozy home. Don't forget to follow the tips above to get your home prepared for next winter!