Is your furnace winter ready?
(NC) –The best time to prepare your furnace for winter weather is before it hits. After all, you don't want to be left in the cold with a unit that doesn't work properly. Not only will an inoperable furnace be inconvenient but it could lead to more expensive repairs that could have been avoided with an annual maintenance service.
Canadian Tire Home Services, which provides furnace maintenance services and repairs to consumers across Canada, shares the following tips you can use to prepare your furnace for the winter months.
Clean the furnace filter: Overtime, a filter becomes clogged with dirt, dust and other debris which causes the furnace to work extra-hard to heat your home. To keep your furnace running efficiently, be sure to clean or replace the filter every 3 – 4 months. Replacing your filters regularly may also create a cleaner air environment by removing allergens and bacteria from the air.
Clean furnace vents: Be sure to wipe down the exterior of all furnace vents to ensure they have a free flowing passage for air. If you have floor vents, remove any furniture or other objects that may be blocking them.
Clean out the furnace room: The area around your furnace should not double as a storage room. Remove any clutter and be sure to vacuum the area around your furnace to prevent dust from entering and obstructing the unit.
Bring in the experts: A trained professional can inspect your unit to ensure it is in working order. Canadian Tire Home Services' heating specialists provide year-round maintenance services that can improve your furnace's performance, efficiency and reliability.
For more information on how to ensure your furnace is ready for the winter season, visit your local Canadian Tire store or www.homeservices.canadiantire.ca.
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