There’s a saying that “luck favors the prepared.” When it comes to staying warm during the upcoming cold weather season, you’ll want to prepare your home heating system to work efficiently and effectively when you need it most. So before you turn on your heat this fall, be sure to follow these six steps.
1. Schedule a maintenance appointment.
Being proactive about maintaining your system can prevent minor issues from turning into huge problems such as a unit failure. It’s a critical step to take before fall arrives. Receiving a good report from your home comfort specialist gives you peace of mind that your unit will perform at its best during the heating season. Annual maintenance visits include an inspection of the heat exchanger, a blower motor check, a system cleaning, a thorough safety inspection, preventive repairs on worn belts or other aging parts, and an overall system tune up.
2. Test your heater.
It’s a good idea to give your heating system a trial run before the cold weather sets in. Simply switch the thermostat to “heat” then set the temperature a few degrees above room temperature. If a few minutes pass and you don’t hear anything, there could be a problem with the thermostat or wiring connections. Schedule a service appointment with a home comfort specialist to address the issue.
3. Upgrade your thermostat.
If your thermostat needs to be replaced, or you’re looking for one with updated features to deliver added comfort and ease of use, then an upgrade may be the answer for you. Programmable thermostats adjust your home’s temperature based on your family’s schedule. By presetting your thermostat, you can have it turn on and off at certain times, and your HVAC system will respond accordingly.
4. Address any needed HVAC repairs.
Scheduling repairs in a timely manner can ensure your heating system won’t fail you during brutally cold weather. Depending on the extent of the work needed, you may proceed with the repair or upgrade your unit with a newer, energy-efficient model. Our home comfort specialists can walk you through your options.
5. Change out your furnace’s air filter.
Replacing your air filter at the beginning of each season is a good way to keep the filter from clogging with debris and allergens. A clean filter increases air flow, making it easier for your system to pump heated air throughout your home, and reducing wear and tear on your system. It also improves indoor air quality, as the clean filter can easily trap dust and allergens, preventing them from filtering into your home.
6. Install carbon monoxide detectors.
Carbon monoxide alarms are essential to detecting and notifying your family of any poisonous gas leaks. Before you hunker down for the cold weather months, it’s imperative that you have working CO detectors in each room where your family spends time. Test your alarms monthly and replace the batteries every year.
Home Heating Installation, Maintenance, Service, and Repair
Taking a proactive approach to your heating system maintenance needs ensures you’re ready for the cold season ahead. If you need help, contact our home comfort specialists. We’re a full-service HVAC company that delivers expertise, with an attention to detail, and uncompromising customer service.
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