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Is My Furnace Ready for Another Polar Vortex?

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
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In 2014, a polar vortex occurred during the winter resulting in extremely cold temperatures, even in warm southern regions of the US. Is your furnace ready for another polar vortex when it hits? Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your furnace can handle any kind of winter weather, including a polar vortex!

Thermostat Inspection

If your thermostat isn’t working correctly, it won’t matter if your furnace is functioning properly. Checking your thermostat is easy. Once you flip it on, the furnace should start right up, as long as the temperature setting is higher than the current room temperature. If the furnace doesn’t start up, a service call should be arranged. For controlled and even temperatures, you should invest in a programmable thermostat.

Clear Your Vents

Most people don’t think of their furniture as a source of hindrance during winter weather.  In reality, furniture can block vents and prevent warm air from being cycled throughout your home. Remove or rearrange all furniture and rugs blocking floor or wall vents.

Oil Your Furnace Blower

The blower motor should be oiled properly before starting your furnace for the first time. A furnace technician generally oils the blower motor during routine HVAC maintenance. Be sure to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up as soon as possible now that cold weather is here!

Air Filter Replacement

The easiest step in preparing your furnace for winter weather is to have the air filter changed or cleaned. It is recommended that you change your filter once every three to six months, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Lower MERV rated filters may require a more frequent change. Sometimes you can perform the filter replacement yourself, but routine HVAC maintenance also checks, and cleans or changes the filter for you. When the filter becomes dirty or clogged, it lowers your furnace’s efficiency and indoor air quality.

Don’t let another polar vortex sweep in and prevent your furnace from keeping your home warm and comfortable. Call Edwards Heating & Air today! We have the best defense against winter weather with quality HVAC maintenance for residents in and around Acworth and Atlanta.