A Four-Step Guide to Preparing Your Heater for Winter

With winter almost here, is your HVAC system equipped to heat your home all season? Before the cold hits, it’s essential to ensure your heating unit is working efficiently.  Here, our four-step guide will help you prepare your heater for the coldest months of the year so that you can keep warm all winter long.

A Four-Step Guide to Preparing Your Heater for Winter

Change Filters

If you haven’t already done so, it may be time to replace the filters in your HVAC system. Unless you have a permanent electrostatic filter, which you can wash and reuse, we recommend regularly changing filters every season to prolong the life of your unit.

This step is perhaps one of the most crucial tasks in HVAC maintenance because it can:

  • Reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and other particles that could clog your HVAC and cause it not to work correctly;
  • Produce the cleanest air for you to breathe; and
  • Enable your furnace to heat your home faster.

While most local hardware and home improvement stores carry replacement filters, make sure you have the right size and type before you purchase. Using a replacement filter that doesn’t fit properly can cause damage to your unit.

Cover AC Condenser

If your HVAC is a heat pump, then you can skip this maintenance task since heat pumps generally run all year. But for those with traditional HVAC systems, it’s best to cover the condenser to avert falling icicles, hail, tree branches, debris, and other elements that could damage your AC. Using anything except a moisture-trapping plastic tarp could work.

Set thermostat

Turning on the thermostat and changing the settings from cooling to heating is an important step that sometimes gets overlooked. Once you set the temperature a few degrees higher, the heater should click on and begin circulating warm air. If you do not feel the warmth within a minute of turning on the unit, you may need to contact a professional to check your heating system. An expert would be able to identify the source of the problem, make the necessary repairs or replacements, and have your heater fully running in no time.

Make an appointment

While you may feel inclined to handle the maintenance of your HVAC yourself, contacting a professional may be a better, more cost-effective option. An experienced technician would know what to look for during an inspection and address any issues on the spot.

Contact us to schedule an appointment, and our highly trained team will be able to assist you with your heater so you can enjoy the comfort of your warm home this winter.