Winter is here in Canada. A lot of people love this time of the year for the beauty that it brings along. But winters aren’t great for people who have problematic HVAC systems in their homes. They have to undergo several repairs before, and throughout the season to ensure their home is warm and comfortable. We’d like to share a few tips with you to possibly prevent a breakdown this winter season.

Test the Furnace

This is the best time to test your furnace by switching the unit on and off two to three times. Switching it on and off is necessary to warm up the unit so that it can perform seamlessly when it is required the most. Set your thermostat to your home’s desired temperature and let the house reach that temperature before turning the furnace off.

Check the Thermostat

Checking the thermostat is vital as this will help you regulate the temperature throughout the season. Therefore, check if the thermostat is functioning perfectly when you test the furnace. If your Thermostat requires batteries, remember to change them at the beginning of the winter season.

If your thermostat isn’t working the way that is should be, consider installing a programmable thermostat into your home. This will make it easy for you to preset the temperatures for certain times in your home so that your system can be as energy-efficient as possible.

Replace Air Filters

An Air Filter serves two purposes – keeping particulates and dust out of your HVAC system and filtering the air in your home. If the air filters fail or become too clogged, you can imagine how bad that can be for your home’s air quality. Therefore, make it a point to replace the air filters once per month during the winter season. A clogged filter not only reduces the quality of air in your home, but also decreases the efficiency of your HVAC system, and can ultimately lead to a furnace failure.

Clean the Ducts and Vents

Your furnace may not function perfectly or may develop problems if the ducts and vents have issues or are clogged. Hence, it is essential to check the ducts and vents too. See to it that the ducts are clear and in the best condition. Make sure that the vents in your home aren’t blocked by furniture or other items that could obstruct the airflow. Issues with the ducts can affect the air quality in your home while vent problems may obstruct the airflow.

The very best preventative measure is to have your furnace cleaned & serviced by a professional every year. If your furnace needs to be cleaned & serviced, or if you need any assistance with repairing or maintaining your home’s HVAC system, Capital Plumbing is here for you. We will provide you with complete HVAC repair, installation, and replacement services that you may need whenever a streak of cold weather hits our community.