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4 Ways To Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

It’s important to ensure your furnace is prepared to run its best before the season’s first cold night. Otherwise, you risk inadequate heat when you need it most or, worse, no heat. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to prepare your furnace for the cold weather so that it’s ready to run optimally when you need it. Below are the top four things you should do now so your heating system will be ready for the winter months ahead.

Change Your Furnace Filter

A clogged or dirty air filter can restrict your furnace’s airflow, reduce efficiency, and cause your system to work harder. Not only does this impact the system’s effectiveness, but it can also cause breakdowns and premature system replacement. We recommend changing your filter once a month for optimal results. If you’re unsure where your air filters are located or how to change them, Huge Heating & Cooling can help.

A furnace pipe releasing steam in the winter

Ensure Your Intake Pipe Is Clear

Your furnace’s intake pipe brings fresh air from outside your home into the furnace. Typically, they’re PVC pipes that exit your home on a wall close to where your furnace is installed. The intake pipe must remain clear of any obstructions such as landscaping, snow, ice, insects, pests, or anything else that will impact the airflow.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

If you’re not already using a programmable thermostat, consider installing one. This will allow you to maximize your system’s efficiency by scheduling your heating system to turn on only when needed. By lowering the thermostat at night or work, you’ll save energy and money on your monthly bills. A smart thermostat will offer more sophisticated options for control and customization for further savings.

Schedule a Professional Tune-Up

The best thing you can do to prepare your system is to schedule maintenance with a professional like those at Huge Heating & Cooling. Our experienced technicians will inspect and tune-up your system to determine if everything is working as it should or if you need any repairs. Scheduling this annual maintenance each fall has these benefits:

  • Improved efficiency and reliability
  • Reduced wear and tear
  • Maximized system life span
  • Save on repairs and premature replacement costs
  • Peace of mind that your heating system is ready for winter

Choose Huge Heating & Cooling for Your Maintenance Needs

Since 1965, Huge Heating & Cooling has provided unmatched service and reliable products. We offer complete HVAC services, including repairs, replacements, and routine maintenance. As a family-owned company, we aim to build lasting relationships with our neighbors throughout Northeast Ohio. That’s why we’re open 24 hours and maintain an A+ BBB rating.

Schedule heating maintenance with the professionals at Huge Heating & Cooling by calling (440) 234-4157 today.


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