Furnace Prep

Preparing your Furnace for Winter

It’s still warm here in Charlotte, NC but temperatures will soon begin to fall and winter will be here before you know it! By tuning up your furnace before winter arrives, you can help ensure you and your loved ones remain comfortable this winter. If you’re like most people, it’s been awhile since you last turned your furnace on. There’s a lot that can happen to your furnace during Spring and Summer so it is imperative that you don’t wait until that first cold snap to turn the heat on in your house.

To make life easy Charlotte Comfort Systems offers a furnace tune-up valued at $130 for only $89. The furnace tune-up process includes the following:

  • Check thermostat calibration
  • Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly
  • Clean and adjust furnace burner assembly
  • Clean furnace ignition assembly
  • Check combustion air
  • Test furnace starting capabilities
  • Examine heat exchanger for damage and
    corrosion
  • Monitor flue draft
  • Test furnace safety controls
  • Inspect gas piping
  • Measure for correct air flow
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Measure volts and amps
  • Lubricate all moving furnace parts
  • Clean condensate drains
  • Measure temperature difference between supply
    air and return air
  • Adjust gas pressure
  • Adjust pilot
  • Monitor heating cycle
  • In place, clean and adjustment of blower
    components
  • Examine furnace installation quality
  • Examine equipment condition area, and
    clearances

However, here are a few simple things you can do yourself:

Using a programmable thermostat will save you money regardless of the time of year. During the winter, you will want to adjust the heat according to your family’s work and school schedules to lower while no one is home. This simple task is often forgotten and can save you up to 70% on your furnace’s operating costs.

Cleaning your ductwork and air vents is a simple task that most people can accomplish with a vacuum, extension hose, and a screwdriver. After removing your vent covers with a screwdriver, use your vacuum’s hose extension to remove any dust and debris that easily accessible.

Removing debris around your furnace and vents is often overlooked by home owners. Debris on or around your furnace is a fire hazard and anything blocking your vents will cause poor heat circulation and inefficient furnace operation.

Changing your furnace’s filter is a quick easy way to help your furnace operate efficiently. If you don’t remember the life cycle of your current filter, you can easily remove it and hold it up to a nearby light source. If you can hardly see any light passing through the filter or none at all, it’s time for a new one.

Please feel free to Contact Us at Charlotte Comfort Systems if you have any questions regarding your home’s furnace system.