The best time to make sure your home’s heating system is ready for winter is before the season arrives. That’s why you should hire an HVAC contractor to perform maintenance during the fall to ensure your system is ready to handle the cold. If you wait too long, contractors may be too busy to be able to visit you soon after you call. These five maintenance tips will help you stay comfortable all season long.
Fall Heating Installation Maintenance Tips
1. Replace Air Filters
Replace each of your old air filters before turning on the furnace. They easily become clogged with dust, dirt, and debris, which lessen your heating system’s efficiency and decrease the quality of your indoor air. It’s also a good idea to clean out your ducts when replacing your filters.
2. Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
While installing a smart thermostat is a financial investment, it pays off in the long run. Smart thermostats are programmable to run your system on a specified schedule. As a result, you can set it up to only run when it’s absolutely needed. Not only does this save money on the monthly utility bills, but the decreased operation prolongs the life of your system.
3. Test the Carbon Monoxide Detector
The majority of heating systems rely on a combustion process to generate the heat that is dispersed throughout the residence. However, this process also produces the deadly natural gas known as carbon monoxide. While your heating unit is designed to safely remove carbon monoxide from the house, damage or malfunctions can make it less effective at doing so. Because this gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it’s critical to ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working to keep your family safe.
4. Clean Off the Furnace
Before turning your heating system on, make sure it’s prepared to operate at peak efficiency. Wash away any accumulated dirt and grime with a damp towel, and remove any debris from around the unit to avoid any fire hazards and help the system operate at its best.
5. Check the Pilot Light
It’s quite likely that your furnace’s pilot light has extinguished since its last use. If this happens, the system will be inoperable. Check the pilot light before cold weather arrives. If it’s gone out, make sure you or an HVAC contractor relights it, and then test the system.
To rest easy knowing your home’s heating system is ready for the cold weather, schedule professional maintenance from the experts at Kendall’s Heating & Air in Hiawassee, GA. For more than 40 years, this locally owned and operated company has helped local residents keep their systems operating at peak efficiency. Their team of highly trained HVAC contractors will perform a professional inspection and provide fast and reliable furnace repairs to get you up and running before winter. Schedule a free estimate by calling (706) 896-0830, or learn more online.