Although you’re probably used to Chicago winter storms, it’s always important to prepare your home’s HVAC system properly. What they might not be aware of is that prepping your heating system for winter storms, as well as cold weather overall, can reduce your energy bill, usage and expand the future of your system.
Furnace Maintenance is top of the list
It’s agreed upon within the HVAC community that most furnace breakdowns and repairs are because of a lack of maintenance. Furnace care is one of the most useful and simplest ways to get your home ready for severe winter storms. Always get your HVAC system inspected in the fall and plan to get your AC system inspected before you actually need it!
Replace Your Outdated Furnace
Furnaces generally have a lifespan of 15-20 years with yearly care. Without annual maintenance, a furnace’s lifespan is significantly shortened. If having to call an HVAC technician for urgent furnace repair or installation during a winter storm sounds like the worst thing ever, we hear you. To avoid such a scenario, replace your furnace before the winter weather hits. Here are some signs that your furnace might need to be replaced:
- Furnace hasn’t been serviced regularly
- Energy bills are on the rise
- Furnace is struggling to keep your home warm
- Furnace has become a money pit when it comes to repairs
- Furnace is getting old – 15-20 years or older. A more modern furnace will save you in costs down the line in energy conservation and better comfort
Get Rid of Your Dirty Filter
A filter filled with debris will have to work harder to get energy through your house, which only produces dirty air and higher energy bills. Your filter ideally should be swapped out according to your furnace manufacturer’s guide, but the timeframe is generally every one to three months.
Clear Air Vents
Furniture and other big objects in common rooms – beds, shelves, couches, can block vents and severely limit airflow in your home, which causes uncomfortable drops in temperature. Move any objects that are obstructing airflow, and make sure your vents are open.
Insulate Your Home
Get your home properly insulated so you can keep the temperature regulated throughout the house. Tons of heat is lost through the roof, which is why it’s so important to keep your attic properly insulted. This step will help prevent wasted energy and high energy bills.
We service the North Shore and Northwest Suburban area, including Highland Park, Lake Bluff and Wilmette. If you need help with any brand of furnace, such as American Standard, Goodman or Lennox, call us at 847.509.2026.