On a recent chilly morning I was digging through my entry closet, searching in vain for my missing glove. Sigh. Oftentimes we don’t remember something until we need it, and if we can’t find it or it’s broken we’re out of luck. Don’t let that happen when the first Minnesota cold snap strikes and you need your furnace up and running. Now is the time to get your furnace ready for the winter so it will keep you warm and cozy, not leave you cold and cranky.
- Visual look over: Take a look at your furnace to see if there is any visible damage and check for unusual odors. Get anything of concern checked out and repaired.
- Schedule an inspection: Depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation, you should get your furnace inspected by a licensed professional every two years. He or she will diagnose any potential problems, fix them and alert you to any possible fire hazards in the home as well. This is a good way for you to know for certain that your furnace will work and remain efficient. When you need Minnesota furnace help, you can visit the Stay Comfy, Minnesota website to find a professional in your area to inspect your furnace, no matter the brand.
- Replace the filter: During the winter, your furnace filter should be replaced every two or three months, depending on the brand of furnace and what the manufacturer recommends. Turn off the power at your circuit breaker if the filter is located in the furnace unit itself.
- Chimney check: You want to make sure that there are no bird’s nests or other obstructions in your chimney—that would be a dangerous fire hazard. It’s best to hire a professional for safety reasons.
- Thermostat check: It’s a good idea to see if your thermostat is working properly. Turn it on and see if it responds to its setting. If you don’t already have one, consider buying a programmable thermostat. By setting the thermometer lower by just a few degrees during the time you’re away from home and having it only warm up during the time you’re home, you can save on energy costs and make sure that your house is comfortable when you come home at the end of the day.
- Heating vents: During the summer, you may have moved furniture or a rug over a vent or closed it. Either way, you want to make sure that your vents are both open and unobstructed by any furniture or other items for fire safety and efficiency purposes.
- Safety: This is a good time to make sure that you have new batteries in your smoke detectors and have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home. Safety first!
When it comes to Twin Cities heating and Midwest weather, the cold weather can sneak up on you. A little preparation now can leave you happier and more comfortable when the cold weather moves in.
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