It’s hard to believe that Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, has just passed, and that fall will officially begin in a few short weeks. You feel in the air as your Cuyahoga County, Ohio nights become cooler and see it in the leaves that are beginning to change color in the Cleveland, Ohio. Whether you welcome the coming cold or dread it, there’s no denying that it’s on its way, which means it’s time to make sure your furnace is up to the task of keep you warm. Everyone from gas companies to licensed heating professionals will tell you that regular furnace maintenance must be performed to ensure you’re not left in the cold. And, if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, this means that it’s time to call BTU Comfort Solutions of Parma, Ohio to prep your furnace for winter.
If you purchased your heating unit from BTU Comfort Solutions and chose one of their fantastic service plans, did you know that you can have your equipment serviced at no charge every year? Regular furnace maintenance allows your system to perform more efficiently and outlast similar products that did not receive the same care. Regardless of where your Cleveland home’s furnace was purchased, the trained technicians of BTU Comfort Solutions can help. This is the perfect time of year to talk to them about their Precision Tune Up and Professional Cleaning and duct cleaning service!
To prep your furnace for winter, here are a few steps that you can expect a licensed heating professional to take:
-Cleaning and/or replacing filters. Why? If your filter is clogged, your unit must work harder to maintain the desired temperature in your home. Working harder, but delivering less heat means you’re not getting the most energy efficient performance. Also, who wants any extra dirt or dust flying around from a forced air unit?
-Visual inspection of the blower belt and motor. Why? Cracked, loose, or frayed belts, again, cause your furnace to have to run for longer periods of time. These parts need to be repaired or replaced to gain maximum efficiency. Some motors may require a bit of oil to keep them running smoothly. Your BTU technician will be able to tell if you have a sealed motor that does not need additional lubrication.
-Proper placement of blower doors. Why? For the same reason that you periodically check for rust and wear in the exhaust pipes of your vehicle. Just as you don’t want carbon monoxide leaking into the passenger cabin of your car, you also don’t want it circulated throughout your home. And, like your car, carbon monoxide is a byproduct of many heating systems.
-Check the exhaust flue to the outside. Why? See above. It’s not enough to just separate the carbon monoxide from the clean air; it has to have somewhere to go! Think of your flue like a tailpipe for furnace.
There are definitely things you can do before your BTU Comfort Solutions technician arrives. Make a thorough walkthrough of your Cuyahoga County home checking out each vent and cold air return along the way. These need to be unobstructed by furniture, draperies, decorations, or anything else. Also look make sure that there are no flammable or combustible objects near your furnace.
Maybe you’re not ready to start thinking about your furnace just yet since the Cleveland, Ohio sun is still shining warm on our backs. That’s okay—just don’t put off your regular furnace maintenance until it’s too late! A licensed heating professional from BTU Comfort Solutions in Parma, Ohio will help you to prep your furnace for winter, and keep you cozy when the bitter Cuyahoga County, Ohio cold hits! Call to schedule an appointment and ask about their Precision Tune Up and Professional Cleaning service at 440.398.9415 today or find them online at