As we welcome December, Oregonians are thinking about the colder days and months that are ahead. Whether it’s freezing temperatures each night or the occasional snow and ice storms, this time of year is when you rely on your furnace the most. Is your heating system ready to keep you comfortable? Here’s how to prepare your furnace for winter weather.

#1: Schedule your preventative maintenance appointment.
We can’t stress enough how important this is! A professional tune-up by our technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling will ensure your system is ready to handle whatever winter weather comes our way. We’ll clean internal parts, run an energy efficient check, and ensure all components are working as they should. This will give you peace of mind that your system is reliable and will save energy. And, if there are some problem spots, we’ll talk to you about what we can do to get them fixed, so you’re up and running quickly.

#2: Clean/replace your air filters.
This simple home maintenance to-do is often neglected. Air filters play a key role in the overall function of your furnace. We recommend cleaning or replacing air filters every one to two months. Doing so will not only keep allergens, dirt, and dust out of the air you breathe, but it’ll also prolong the life of the system.

#3: Consider sealing your ductwork.
Most people don’t know if there are leaks or cracks in their ductwork. Unfortunately, this is a common problem, and it can cause significant air leakage and high energy bills! Leaky ductwork translates to wasted money. Want to check to see if you have leaky ducts? Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is proficient in Aeroseal Duct Sealing. This patented solution fixes leaks from the inside out. It uses an injected sealant to the ducts, so when the air enters the ducts, the particles collide and stick to the edges of leak, sealing them tight. The result is more efficient heating in your home or business and more money in your pocket.

#4: Don’t ignore potential issues.
Is your system making a weird sound? Does it have odors coming out of it? Don’t disregard any unusual smells or sounds. If these are ignored, you could be facing a full system breakdown or malfunction right when you need it most. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can also be expensive. So, call us immediately if you notice anything strange with your system. One of our trained and licensed technicians can diagnose and find a repair solution for you.

So, as we make our way into December, it’s important to make sure your furnace is ready for cold winter weather. Call us today to schedule your tune-up, repair, or to learn more about your furnace replacement options.

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