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Blog | Tips on How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Kansas Extreme Cold


#1. If you have a propane tank, make sure it is full. If it is low, call your propane dealer to come out and fill it before the cold hits.  This will eliminate one of the potential sources of heating issues.

#2. Change your filters before the cold. This will ensure that your furnace is getting the proper air circulation, and will help with heating your home. By doing this, you can also save on your energy bill during the cold weather.

#3. Test your system before the cold snap. It is very important to test your system before the cold snap hits. This will help you catch any problems before hand to save you time and frustration. Here are some easy routine inspections you can do:

  • Check to make sure the air coming out of the vents is hot.
  • Check to make sure you are getting plenty of air out of the vents.
  • Make sure the system isn’t making any strange noises.

#4.  Make sure the thermostat is functioning correctly. To check if the thermostat is working efficiently, turn on your furnace thermostat and monitor how it responds. It should always start without any problems.  (Note: a delay of up to 5 minutes is normal to protect the motors.)

#5. Check your carbon monoxide detector and change the batteries. If you feel tired or have consistent headaches after turning on your heat, you may have a carbon monoxide problem, which can be life-threatening. Contact a professional to check for carbon monoxide if you experience these symptoms after turning on your heat.

#6. Ensure that all heating vents are completely uncovered. Don’t forget to remove any household items that are sitting on top of or in front of your air ducts and return vents. By keeping the vents uncovered you will put less stress on your system during the cold.

If you experience any issues or potential problems with your system, call a professional to check it before the cold snap. We highly recommend doing this, because if your furnace breaks during the extreme cold your wait time for getting it fixed could be longer. If you haven’t already scheduled your furnace tune-up to make sure your system is working at it’s best, make sure to call a professional to have it done soon. The tune-up will also help keep your system running at its finest during the cold snap.