HVAC Winter Preparation
The trees are starting to turn and football season has begun – meaning it is about time for your regular HVAC preparation for the upcoming winter months. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones – maybe your furnace has trucked along with no problems winter after winter. But too many homeowners hold their breath when they change the thermostat setting from Cool to Heat.
It’s actually easy to avoid those worries associated with “the unknown!” Here are some recommendations on how to face the coming cold without fear:
- Always begin with a maintenance check of your furnace by professionals. ED’s Heating Cooling Plumbing Electric makes it easy by offering maintenance and service agreements. We will schedule these easy-to-forget but necessary tune-ups of your home heating system every year. Ask us about options that include emergency service with discounted repair.
- If you enjoy a wood-burning fireplace in your home, get the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that: “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”
- Have your air ducts cleaned. This is critical to the effectiveness of your HVAC system as well as the air quality in your home. As a bonus, you may notice lower energy bills if your ducts haven’t been cleaned in a long time!
- Set up a reminder to change your air filter every month. It helps to set a recurring alarm or reminder on your cellphone. This is another crucial but easy-to-forget task.
If you start with these basic steps, the worries go away when cooler temperatures approach. A proactive strategy will often help to reduce long-term wear and even avoid unnecessary, expensive repairs.