3 Steps To Prep Your HVAC System For Winter

Posted on: 11 September 2019

Although fall is approaching, winter is just around the corner, so ensuring your home is prepared for the cooler temperatures is smart. Of course, you may not know where to begin prepping your heating system for the upcoming cool temperatures of fall and winter, but help is available. Here are a few tips to prepare your residential heating system to ensure your home is heated effectively and efficiently.

Check Filters

Your system's filters are important for a few reasons. While their main purpose is to trap dirt and dust, the filters also help air flow efficiently through the vents and into your home. Unfortunately, if the filters are clogged with dirt, dust, and dander, air will not move in and out of the home freely, placing more stress on your system while using more energy to condition the air.

You should check and replace the system's filters periodically, especially if you have pets or family members with allergies. However, right before the heating season starts, you should check and replace the filters, too.

Check the Thermostat

Many people feel their thermostat works without upkeep, but certain issues can affect its ability to turn your system off and on and heat/cool your home as desired. A great time to check your thermostat to ensure it is working properly is right before each new heating/cooling season.

Even if the temperatures are comfortable, test your thermostat's function by turning the heat on. Wait a few minutes for the system to adjust to the higher temperature season. Then, move around the home to ensure warm air is moving through all of the vents.

If your system is not starting to heat even though you have adjusted the thermostat to heating mode, check and replace the batteries. You may also need to have the electrical wiring checked if the batteries are new but the system is not heating.

Schedule a Tune-up

Even though a lot of your prepping can be completed on your own, consider hiring professionals to conduct a tune-up of your heating system before the cooler temperatures begin.

Heating contractors will be able to determine if your system is prepared to heat by inspecting the furnace and other components including thermostat and ductwork. In some cases, recommendations may be made to replace the system, especially if there are serious issues or the system is older and inefficient.

Help is available if you want to prepare your heating system for the upcoming winter temperatures. This guide will prep your system with ease.


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