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Your Winter Home Maintenance Guide: Change Furnace Filters, Check the Chimney, and Other Must-Dos

Topics: Furnace Filters, Furnace Lifespan, Furnace Maintenance Plan, Home Comfort, Home Heating, Winter Home Preparation

In Canada, our winter weather can change on a dime and you don’t want to be caught unaware. It’s important to keep your furnace maintenance up to date, including changing the furnace filters.

Outdated furnace filters can:

  • Lead to more winter allergies.
  • Reduce indoor air quality.
  • Affect how your furnace functions, meaning it will have to work harder to heat your home. Meaning you’ll see your heating bills increase!

At HomeBridge, our qualified service technicians can change your furnace filters as part of our maintenance package. We also offer a furnace filter purchase discount – buy six and get one free.

But furnace filters are only one part of the winter home maintenance your furnace and heating system might require.

Here are some others you should consider:

  1. Check the Chimney

Whether you have a wood-burning fireplace or a gas one, you’ll want to check that it’s clear of debris before lighting it. Regular cleaning is a necessary safety measure that shouldn’t be skipped.

  1. Clean the Furnace System

Regular furnace cleanings can give your unit more life and make your home more comfortable in the winter months. It can also reduce your energy bill by making your unit run more efficiently.

  1. Have Your Furnace Professionally Tuned

While it may be tempting to DIY the furnace cleaning process, don’t do it! A reputable, local HVAC technician is the best person for the job. They’ll be able to adjust your unit to the manufacturer’s specifications, which will make it last and function better.

In many cases, this will also comply with the manufacturer’s warranty, so you can make sure your unit still qualifies.

  1. Get a 24-Point Inspection

It’s also a good idea to have an HVAC technician inspect your whole heating and cooling system. They may spot potential problems and be able to prevent further damage. No one wants to be caught in -40 C weather with their furnace broken down!

  1. Change the Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With the windows and doors all shut up, the winter season is a good time to change the batteries in your detectors, especially carbon monoxide. This poisonous gas has no smell, so your detectors are your best line of defense.

Winter can be the most wonderful time of the year when you take the proper measures.

At HomeBridge Canada, we offer discounted furnace filters, furnace maintenance packages, 24-point inspections, and more. We’ll adjust your unit to the manufacturer’s specifications and provide a written report — satisfaction guaranteed!

We also provide free system assessments that give you an estimated remaining lifespan of your equipment and estimated cost of replacing, so you can plan for it in your budget.

Book your appointment today. We offer our heating and cooling contractor services in Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Coldwater, Simcoe County, York Region, and the surrounding areas. Call 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.