It’s barely fall and we’re already starting to see some cold weather, so turn off the air conditioning and turn on your heating. In this blog, we’ll go over a couple things you can do to make sure your furnace is prepared for the winter. If you’re new to this, this will take a bit of the edge off. If you’re experienced with HVAC though, use this as a bit of a refresher.

Turn the thermostat on

The first thing you should always do when testing your furnace is to turn the thermostat on a degree or two above the current room temperature. If you don’t hear it come on, remove the cover and make sure all the wires are connected properly.

Change your filters

Filters should be changed monthly to ensure that dust and other particles are kept out of your HVAC system, increasing its efficiency and longevity. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, you should wash it on a regular basis.

Cover your AC condenser

You’re going to want to cover your AC condenser in order to protect it from falling icicles and moisture. A great way to do this is with a sheet of plywood, then put some bricks on top to keep it in place. If your HVAC is a heat pump, don’t cover it, because it runs all year.

Check your igniter switch

If the ignitor on your furnace isn’t working, press the reset button. On older systems, you may have to relight the pilot, but if that doesn’t work, you should check your breaker.

These are just a few helpful tips to ensure your furnace is ready for winter. If you tried these tips but aren’t getting the heat you need for the winter, you’ll need to hire a professional to inspect it for you. If you’re looking for HVAC contractors in Essex VT, don’t hesitate to contact Jay Mechanical. We’re always on-hand to inspect your furnace and make sure it’s ready for winter!