Winter is right around the corner and in Berks County, this also means occasional snowstorms. With this in mind, you will want to make sure your furnace is ready to handle the weather and demand for extra heat. To help you do so, B&L Ott near Reading, PA has compiled this list of tips and tasks to help you ensure your furnace is ready for a snowstorm. 

Inspection and Maintenance

One of the best ways to ensure your furnace is in good shape is to call on the professionals at B&L Ott. We have the knowledge and experience to know what to look for and how to fix any issues we may find. When you call on a B&L Ott technician to care for your furnace, you can have peace of mind that your furnace is safe to use and ready to run. 

Install a Replacement If Needed

One aspect you may want to consider before winter comes is whether or not your system should be replaced. If your system is nearing the end of its life expectancy, been needing more repairs, or having trouble warming your home, it may be time for a replacement. If you need help making a decision, choosing a new furnace, or installing a new furnace, the professionals at B&L Ott would be happy to assist you. 

Clear the Air Vents

If you want to ensure maximum comfort all winter long, check your air vents and make sure they aren’t blocked. When your vents are blocked by either furniture or dust, it will trap the warm air. Then you may start to notice uneven heating throughout your Berks County home. Ensure proper airflow by dusting off your vents and making sure no furniture is in the way. 

You may also want to consider having your air ducts cleaned by B&L Ott if they have not been cleaned in the past 10 years. All of these tasks together will help ensure your family is comfortable all winter long. 

Clear the Area Around Your Unit

If debris gets into your system, it can cause mechanical issues. Even if there are items around your furnace, it can prevent it from ventilating properly. Then you can run into more expensive repairs. With this in mind, you should clear the area around your unit. This way you can help ensure safety and help ensure that your furnace runs properly. 

Test Your Thermostat

You will also want to check your thermostat. Your thermostat is the controls for your entire HVAC system. Therefore, if there is something wrong with it, it can affect your entire system. Test your thermostat by getting another thermometer and seeing how the temperature compares. If there is more than a few degrees difference, you may want to call B&L Ott to have it inspected further. 

Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel

If you have an oil furnace, you will also want to check the levels and make sure that you have enough fuel to last through winter. You will also want to make sure the filter, burner nozzle, and heat-exchanger is clean. 

Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Insulated

Ensuring that your Reading area home is properly insulated can help you ensure that the warm air your furnace creates stays in your home. Be sure to insulate your attic, basement, doors, and windows. Other than keeping your family warm, doing so can also help you save money on your energy bills. 

Consider Having a Generator Installed

Finally, you will want to make sure you can still keep your family warm even if the power goes out. With this in mind, you may want to consider having B&L Ott install a Generac Generator for you. There are few things more annoying than not having the power to complete your daily routine. Having a generator installed can help ensure that you can continue to do so even if the power goes out. 

If you would like to schedule maintenance with B&L Ott, need a repair, or want to have a generator installed, you can contact us through our website here: https://otthvac.com/contact-us/. Alternatively, you can also call B&L Ott at 610-816-6026. By taking steps to make sure your furnace is ready to run, you can have peace of mind this winter.