Autumn in New York can be unpredictable. It might hover near 75 degrees one day and drop down to 50 the next. Until the temperature stabilizes, most people simply don a few extra layers that they can take off as needed. At some point, though, the cold weather will be here to stay, and you’ll have to switch your house’s HVAC system from cooling to heating. To ensure the heater runs efficiently all season, have your HVAC contractor service it before turning it on. Keep the following tips in mind before making the changeover.
Change the filters.
Your filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days, which means they're probably due for replacement at the start of every season. Thankfully, filters are fairly affordable, and replacing them is an easy job that you can do yourself.
Clean the blower motor.
The blower motor is responsible for blowing heated air through the system’s vents. Naturally, it can accumulate dust and dirt over time. To avoid circulating this debris through your house all winter long, clean the motor before turning on the heater. If you’re not sure how to access it or you don’t have the right tools for the job, ask your HVAC contractor to clean it out during the next service visit.
Overlook the humidifier.
The air is much dryer in the winter than it is during the summer. To make up for the reduced moisture, start the humidifier when you turn on the heat. If your system doesn't include a humidifier, consider buying small units for each bedroom so your family can stay comfortable in the winter.
Ignore any minor issues.
If you have any concerns about your cooling or heating system, call an HVAC contractor as soon as possible. If your AC has been acting up, don’t postpone servicing it until spring. Even when not in use, the issue could get worse over time. The two systems may use many of the same components, so the problem could end up affecting the heater as well.
To service your heater before turning it on for the season, turn to Empire Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, NY. Serving homeowners throughout all of Monroe County, this HVAC contractor is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. A locally owned and operated company, their knowledgeable technicians are equipped to perform heating and cooling maintenance, plumbing services, and electrical repairs. To get in touch with a member of their team, reach out online or call (585) 325-6768.