How to get your furnace ready for winter

The official start of winter is just days away. And while you’ve probably been running your furnace for a couple months now, have you taken the time to make sure it is ready for another Iowa winter?

Here are some things you should do now so you’re ready for those January below-zero days.

Replace the filter

Check your furnace’s filter to make sure it’s clean. If not, replace the filter. A dirty filter causes your furnace to work harder. That can lead to the furnace not lasting as long, and it can increase your energy bill.

Schedule a cleaning

Want an expert to tell you if your furnace is ready for another cold Iowa winter? Schedule a $69 furnace clean and check with Kohles & Bach. Or better yet, sign up for our maintenance plan that includes a furnace check in the fall and an air conditioner check in the spring.

Remove any debris

Dust and debris can accumulate on the burners of your furnace during the summer months. Make sure to remove any dust so your furnace can work efficiently.

Make sure your thermostat is functioning

A faulty thermostat can cause problems heating your home. The problem could be as simple as the thermostat needing new batteries, or you may need a new thermostat. Kohles & Bach can install a wifi thermostat so you can control your house from any smartphone anywhere in the world.

Set your thermostat to winter settings

Do you know the optimum temperature to set your thermostat in the winter months? It’s 68 degrees. That’s 10 degrees lower than the optimum temperature for summer. Make sure your thermostat is adjusted to the lower winter setting.

Uncover all of your heating vents

Check all of the vents in your house to make sure nothing is blocking them from doing their job. Blocked vents can lead to your furnace working too hard and using extra energy.