Winter Preparedness: Your Essential Home Furnace Checklist

As the leaves change colors and the crisp autumn air turns into a wintery chill, it's a reminder that the colder months are fast approaching. For homeowners, it signals a crucial period to prepare their living spaces to ensure warmth and comfort throughout the winter. One of the most critical systems requiring attention is your home's furnace. A well-maintained furnace guarantees a cozy home environment and also enhances energy efficiency and safety while potentially extending the unit's lifespan.

Understanding the importance of this, we at Service Champions have compiled an essential checklist for preparing your furnace for the winter months. Here's what you need to ensure your system is winter-ready: 

1. Replace or Clean the Furnace Filter:

As air flows through the filter, it catches dirt, pollen, and other elements floating in the air. Changing the furnace filter regularly is key to maintaining good airflow and keeping the air inside clean. It will also lead to your furnace having a longer life.

2. Check the Thermostat:

Make sure your thermostat is working correctly by turning on the heat and seeing how your system responds. Thermostats can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, prolonging its life and saving you money in monthly utilities.

3. Inspect Air Vents and Registers:

A tightly sealed air duct is of extreme importance for it to function efficiently. Make sure all the vents and registers are clean and check for any tiny cracks or signs of air leakage.

4. Conduct a Physical Inspection:

Inspect your furnace for any visible signs of cracks, rust, or corrosion on and around your furnace. These could be the results of bigger issues in your furnace and should be addressed before the cold winter months.  (The recommendation is to have a professional assist with this).

5. Listen for Unusual Noises:

While your furnace is on, listen for any noticeable buzzing, rattling, or humming. These could be signs of mechanical issues. The earlier they are caught, the simpler they are to repair.

6. Monitor the Pilot Light (for gas furnaces):

Pay attention to the pilot light’s color as it can be a signal of the health of the furnace. You should see a blue flame under normal conditions. A yellow or flickering flame may indicate a ventilation issue or the presence of carbon monoxide.

7. Consider a Professional Inspection:

Certified technicians have the training and expertise to identify issues that may not seem noticeable. They can perform necessary maintenance and suggest the best solution options. We are available 7-days a week. 

8. Plan for Potential Replacement:

The typical lifespan of a furnace is 15-20 years. If your furnace is older than that, it may be more cost-effective to replace your furnace with a newer and more efficient unit rather than paying for costly repairs. 

9. Emergency Plans:

Prepare for a furnace breakdown. Blankets, warm clothing, and portable heaters can be good short-term solutions while you wait for repairs. 

10. Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

A damaged furnace can emit toxic substances like carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide detector can be lifesaving if your furnace is damaged. Make sure to check the batteries in the detector and ensure that it is operating properly.


Call Service Champions For Your Furnace Needs!

Don’t wait until you’re in the cold to address your furnace needs. Whether it's a repair, complete replacement, or a seasonal tune-up, our team at Service Champions is ready to ensure your comfort through the winter months. Our certified professionals are equipped to handle all your furnace concerns with top-tier expertise and client service.

Schedule your appointment today and confidently check ‘furnace preparation’ off your winter readiness list! Call us today at: (833) 600-0991

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