Winter is coming, and the last thing you want is to wake up to a freezing house and cold floors because your furnace has conked out. Day & Nite Plumbing & Heating, a top-rated furnace company serving King County, WA with more than 60 years of experience, wants you to enjoy a warm, problem-free winter. Here are five essentials to address when it comes to prepping your furnace for winter - the first two are issues that our experts can handle for you, while the last three are DIY steps you can take on yourself:
Clean vents facilitate consistent air flow throughout your home. Dusty, clogged-up vents…not so much. If you’ve avoided a thorough vent-cleaning over the summer, now’s the time to do it. We’ll assist in opening all of your vents, vacuuming them thoroughly, and getting them ready for the warm air that’s soon to be streaming from your furnace.
Blower Belt Inspection
Never heard of a blower belt? You’re not alone. But despite its obscurity, the blower belt is an integral component of your furnace (similar to a timing belt in a car), and in time it can wear out and crack. A quick look-see by our pros involves turning off the furnace via the main circuit breaker and removing the air handler’s steel cover. We’ll locate the belt, inspect it, and if it needs replacing, we’ll do so pronto.
When you purchased your house or last had your furnace serviced, someone likely showed you where the furnace filter is located. We recommend replacing it once a month, especially in the heart of winter when your furnace will be most active. All you have to do is pull the old filter out of its slot and slide a new one in.
Give Your Furnace Room to “Breathe”
We understand that basements are prime real estate for storage of boxes, unused furniture, toys, and various odds and ends. But the basement is also where your furnace is located, and with winter approaching you’ll need to move these things far enough away from the furnace so no hazards exist. We also recommend sweeping the area around your furnace to remove dust and debris.
Mind Your Thermostat
Of all the to-dos on this list that can save you money, this is the biggest. By adjusting your programmable thermostat so that your home’s temperature is cooler at night, and when everyone is at school or work, you can save upwards of 75 percent on heating costs. 20 percent is a good baseline savings, but this can be improved if you consistently adjust your thermostat based on the outside temperature, vacations, etc. We recommend not going below 55 degrees, since this could contribute to frozen pipes on particularly cold days.
For winter furnace service and furnace repair near Snohomish County, WA, trust the friendly, knowledgeable team at Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating. Visit our website for great money-saving specials, and contact us 24/7 for an appointment.