Preparing for Winter: Heating Maintenance Checklist

It’s that time of year again in Ottawa! Where the temperature inches closer to below zero, you need a jacket on that walk to work and you can see your breath in the air.

Yes, it’s fall and the temperature is quickly falling! But before you touch that thermostat to turn on the heat, make sure you follow these six heat maintenance tips to ensure your furnace runs at peak performance for the upcoming winter season.

1. Change Your Filter

When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Even if you changed it recently, it’s always a good idea to swap in a new filter when you turn on your heater. Having an uncleaned furnace filter can contribute to the spread of dirt, pollen and even pet hair throughout your home! So make sure to get those swapped on a regular basis and when restarting your furnace

2. Check Your Vents

For homeowners with central heating systems, going around your house and making sure your vents are clear of any obstructions is one of the best ways to get the most out of your heating this winter season. For extra points (and homes with small children) opening your vent grates and check to make sure no toys or small items have found their way into your vent. This will prevent any dips in performance and may even avoid a fire hazard!

3. Check Your Thermostat

Making it a habit of ensuring your thermostat is still in good working order is a must-do for homeowners. Ensuring the thermostat is still communicating with your heater is the number one way to make sure your heater is working property. Most smart thermostats also offer a handy timer so you know when to change your furnace filter.

4. Check Over Your Unit

Take a look at your furnace, ducts and vents. Notice a dent or bump that wasn’t there last year? See anything falling off or any cracks? It’s easier for you, better for the system and more importantly, cheaper to catch potential system damage early in the season and best if you catch them before turning on your unit. For damage, consult your warranty documentation and provider to see if anything you noticed is covered under the warranty, and call a technician to conduct a repair.

5. Check Your Gas

No gas? No heat! Gas furnaces are one of the most popular furnace types sold and financed. Always have a look at your line going to your unit. Notice anything different? Do you smell rotten eggs? If so, you may have a gas leak. Exit your home and call your gas provider (Embridge: 1-866-763-5427) or 911.

6. Crestway HVAC – Ottawa’s #1 HVAC Services Provider

The one thing we recommend to everyone is to have routine maintenance and inspections done to ensure their heating system is working properly, spot any issues, and ensure it’s operating at peak performance.

Our team of certified technicians have been working with homeowners and providing HVAC & Heating repair services to the Ottawa area for several years. Our team of professionals have the experience with most notable furnace brands and know-how to get your home back to feeling like your home again. Contact Crestway HVAC today for a quote and ask about our service plans!