The official first day of winter is almost here! With the weather we’ve been having, this probably isn’t a surprise. Despite the cold, our beautiful winter weather is considered to be one of the perks of living here by many Ontarians who relish this time of year.
However, in order to enjoy the brisk weather outdoors, you need to have a reliable furnace at home to keep your indoor temperature warm and cozy. A dependable furnace isn’t a luxury in Ontario; it’s a necessity. How confident are you in your furnace’s ability to see your family through the winter with no interruptions?
You should be able to count on uninterrupted warmth from your heating system when temperatures drop below freezing. Our technicians are available 24/7 for any heating repair in Vaughan, ON you may need, but it’s best to avoid them in the first place. Here are our recommendations on how to avoid the need for furnace repairs during the coldest months of the year.
Know the Warning Signs of Potential Problems
Luckily, your furnace is good at letting you know when it’s struggling to do its job. Every good homeowner should know the warning signs of potential problems such as:
- Strange noises or smells coming from the furnace
- Uneven heating throughout the home
- Increased utility bills with no correlation in usage
- Short cycling
Be sure to call us if your furnace is exhibiting any of these symptoms.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
A lot of homeowners assume that furnace maintenance needs to be done before the heating season even starts. Although it’s ideally done in the fall, your furnace will still reap many of the benefits that come from maintenance even when you’ve been using it for a few months. It’s definitely better to have maintenance done mid-season than to skip it entirely.
That’s because a furnace that is maintained regularly is much less likely to need those unexpected repairs that seem to happen on the coldest days of the year. It’s better to schedule mid-season maintenance while your furnace is still working than to call us for an emergency repair when it’s completely broken down.
Change the Filter on a Regular Basis
This is a simple task that homeowners can perform themselves to keep your furnace running smoothly. The filter keeps dirt, dust, and other particulates from entering your furnace’s interior parts. We recommend a new filter before the heating season starts and then changing it every 1-3 months depending on various factors. When the filter isn’t changed regularly, all that dirt and dust cause your furnace to work harder which can lead to overheating and a potential breakdown.
Don’t Overwork the Furnace
It’s a common misconception that turning the thermostat up will heat your home faster. But all this really does is cause your furnace to work harder and longer than it needs to. Instead of getting home from work and cranking the heat up, consider upgrading to a Wi-Fi thermostat that allows you to set and schedule your ideal temperatures to avoid huge fluctuations.