It’s that time again to get ready for what experts are predicting will be another freezing cold and snowy winter across the Pittsburgh region. Last year brought the Polar Vortex, with days of subzero temperatures and above-average snowfall, and as a result, plenty of service calls for Gillece HVAC Technicians to fix malfunctioning furnaces. For the 2014/2015 season, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has predicted “winter will be much colder than normal” with snowfall above normal into March. According to their predictions, western PA may see a white Christmas and the coldest temperatures between December and January.

Last year’s forecast was fairly accurate, so if the same holds true, now is the time to prepare for whatever winter will bring. Here are some ways you can help to ensure your furnace will be ready to go when you need it the most:

1. Annual Furnace Inspection

Having your furnace inspected annually by an HVAC professional is your best bet for a well-functioning furnace throughout winter, whether there is a cold snap or not. Gillece Heating Technicians perform a thorough, 18-point inspection that includes checking for dirt and debris buildup, the heat exchanger condition, air filter replacement and all other essential components of your furnace system. It is never too late to have your furnace inspected, but the ideal time to do so is before the arrival of winter.

2. Air Filter Replacement

Air filters are an important part of your furnace and one part of the system that you can easily maintain, helping to keep your furnace operating efficiently. Air filters should be replaced every one to three months as they become filled with debris. This way there is no obstruction of airflow, and a clean filter can also improve the quality of your indoor air.

3. Clean Ductwork and Vents

Cleaning out your air ducts and vents is another way to get the most out of your heat this winter. Gillece HVAC Technicians can help with duct cleaning to eliminate debris buildup from dust, insects, hair, pet dander and other particles that exist and collect in your home. For air vents, ensure that they are all open and not obstructed by furniture or other objects. Make sure to keep items away from your furnace, as well, such as boxes, paint, outdoor tools and aerosols that are flammable.

4. Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide leaks occur more frequently during winter due to the use of combustion appliances. During a furnace inspection, Gillece HVAC Technicians check to make sure combustion fumes are being properly vented and that there are no defects within the heat exchanger that could allow deadly carbon monoxide to leak into your home. For further safety, you should have a CO detector installed on each floor and outside of bedrooms.

Gillece Heating Services

Gillece Heating is here throughout the season to make sure your furnace, as well as boiler or heat pump, is working properly, heating your home efficiently and operating safely. To have your furnace inspected or to have an issue assessed before the onset of frigid temperatures, call Gillece!