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Preparing for the End of Winter in Kansas City: What’s the Right Way to Shut Down Your Furnace?

It’s only February. It seems a bit early to start thinking about shutting off your furnace in Kansas City. But here we are, having just enjoyed multiple days of warm, sunny weather with temperatures in the 60s. Out and about during our HVAC maintenance and service calls, we’ve even seen a few very confused trees that are already blooming.

Sure, it might snow tomorrow (this is the Midwest), but warmer days are on the horizon in Kansas City, and it’ll be time to turn off your trusty furnace for the few wonderful weeks we can live without heat or air conditioning. Now is as good a time as any to remind you that shutting down your heating system isn’t as simple as flipping a switch, turning a dial, pressing a button, etc. It requires consideration and preparation to ensure your furnace’s optimal performance and longevity.

Our skilled HVAC technicians recommend the following:

Understanding the Optimal Time for Shutdown

Determining the best time to shut off your furnace is crucial for maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing unnecessary wear and tear on your system. While the transition from winter to spring in Kansas City can be gradual, it’s generally recommended to shut off your heating system once outdoor temperatures consistently stay above 60°F during the day. This ensures that your furnace isn’t working overtime, helping you save on energy bills without compromising your indoor comfort.

“Consistently above 60°F” is the key. Even though we’ve had a string of warm days, we all know March doesn’t necessarily bring the same.

HVAC Maintenance Essentials for the End of Winter

Shutting down your furnace for summer is an opportunity to perform essential maintenance tasks that will pay off in the long run. Here are some key tips to consider:

  • Replace Air Filters: Start by replacing your furnace’s air filters to ensure unimpeded airflow and maintain optimal indoor air quality. This is one of the most important maintenance tasks for your furnace and one you can easily keep up with yourself. Clean filters not only promote better air circulation but also alleviate strain on the system, enhancing its efficiency.
  • Inspect Vents and Ductwork: Take the time to inspect your home’s vents and ductwork for any signs of obstruction or leakage. Clearing away debris and sealing duct leaks can significantly improve heating and cooling efficiency, ultimately saving you money on energy costs.
  • Schedule Professional Inspection: Consider scheduling a comprehensive HVAC inspection with your Envirotech technician. A professional assessment can uncover hidden issues and potential areas for improvement, allowing you to address them proactively before they escalate into costly repairs—not to mention well before you’ll turn on your furnace next fall.

Get Strategic about Using Your Thermostat

Fine-tuning your thermostat settings is a critical part of your furnace shutdown process. Envirotech Heating & Cooling recommends adjusting your thermostat to a lower temperature – typically between 60-65°F – to maintain a comfortable indoor environment without unnecessary energy consumption. This is far more comfortable to do when lows are in the 40-degree range versus the teens in December and January.

If you haven’t already, consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which allows you to automate temperature adjustments based on your schedule and preferences, further optimizing energy usage.

Tailoring Your Furnace Shut Down to Our Kansas City Climate

Kansas City’s weather requires a tailored approach to furnace shutdown procedures. While winters can be downright unbearable as they were this winter with sub-zero highs, spring temperatures can fluctuate unpredictably. Stay ahead of the curve by monitoring weather forecasts and adjusting your thermostat settings accordingly. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule ahead for the week based on the weather.

Final Checks and Precautions

Before shutting down your furnace until the next winter season, don’t forget to perform these final checks and precautions:

  • Clear and Clean: Remove any clutter or debris from around your furnace and vents to prevent blockages and ensure proper airflow. Storing items near the HVAC system is never a good idea, any time of year.
  • Safety First: Test your carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re in good working order and replace batteries if necessary. Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to home heating systems.
  • Winter Equipment Storage: If you’ve used additional heating equipment such as space heaters or electric blankets during the winter months, make sure to protect the cords while storing them away.

It’s easy to shut down your furnace for the winter season the right way, ensuring that your HVAC system is ready for optimal performance when the cold weather returns. With a little proactive maintenance, you can maximize energy efficiency, extend the lifespan of your furnace, and enjoy uninterrupted comfort in your Kansas City home year-round.

Contact us if you have any questions, our HVAC technicians are on standby ready to help.