As the cold weather lurks around the corner, it’s essential to get ready for it. One of the ways of getting prepared is cleaning up your furnace. Without proper cleaning, your furnace might pump dirt or carbon monoxide into your home, which is not ideal for you and your family’s health. Read on to find out the right way to go around it and whether you need to involve a professional or not.
The Combustion Chamber
Firstly, ensure that you switch off the electrical power and the fuel supply before cleaning the combustion chamber. In this chamber, fuel mixes with air to ignite and generate heat. But besides generating heat, it also produces carbon soot, water vapor, and carbon dioxide. You don’t want these materials to build up in the chamber since they can corrode its walls. A professional from David White Services will use a small wire brush to scrape the buildup.
It is also essential to check for holes in the exhaust flue, which could leak carbon monoxide. You can cover them up with foil tape if you notice any holes, but bigger holes would call for a replacement.
Replacing the Oil Filter and the Air Filter
If yours is an oil-powered heat pump, it has an oil filter to prevent impurities from clogging the oil-burner nozzle. It’s good practice to get a new oil filter before the cold weather kicks in. While still on the filters conversation, you also need to handle the air filter. All the air that goes into your home passes through the air filter. Although we don’t recommend you change the air filter too often, it would be best to change it at least once a year.
Clean Floor Vents
Usually, floor vents harbor a lot of dirt, such as pet dander, dust, food scraps, and even small toys. These can significantly affect your system’s efficiency and compromise indoor air quality. Therefore, it’s essential to vacuum the floor vents ahead of the cold months to ensure that you and your family members breathe a little easier.
Rely on the Pros
Getting every inch of your furnace clean can be quite the task. But that’s what we are good at. You can rely on David White Services for all your heat pump cleaning needs, as well as any other home comfort service you might need. Give us a call to learn more. We provide heating, cooling, geothermal, and indoor air quality services to Lancaster, OH, residents.