Extreme cold weather, brought on by a polar vortex, can be problematic for your furnace. A polar vortex occurs when cold air from the North Pole moves south causing extremely frigid temperatures. Heating your home during this time is simple with winter HVAC maintenance.
Check Your Vents for Obstructions
Vents can easily become blocked by obstructions, such as furniture. Before cold weather sets in, check where your furniture is placed and make sure no vents are prevented from heating your rooms. When vents are blocked, they prevent your thermostat from getting accurate readings and confuses your furnace about when to operate.
HVAC Maintenance on Your Filter
Winter HVAC maintenance consists of cleaning or replacing the air filter in your furnace once every six months. Air filters are responsible for cleaning your indoor air and cycling it back out so that you have clean and healthy air. When an air filter becomes too clogged or doesn’t get changed often enough, it can prevent your furnace from operating at its best and affects your indoor air quality.
Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Working
Your thermostat is responsible for communicating with your furnace. It gives your furnace the temperature readings and tells it when to turn on. If your furnace doesn’t start up right away after turning your thermostat to heat mode and setting the temperature higher than the current room temperature, that is an indication that something needs inspected by a professional.
Have a Heating Professional Oil Your Furnace
After not running for over half the year, your furnace needs some TLC through winter HVAC maintenance. A heating and air professional will oil the blower motor and other moving parts to keep them running smoothly without any malfunctions during the cold weather.
The extreme weather that comes from a polar vortex should be considered before it’s too late. Schedule your winter HVAC maintenance with Estes Services. Our technicians will inspect your furnace and perform maintenance so heating your home isn’t a crisis.