Prepping your HVAC System for Winter

The weather is changing, leaves are falling, kids are back to school, and our iced coffee is switching to hot coffee! Before you start putting up your fall decorations, make sure to prep your HVAC system for winter.

The best time to service your furnace is October so you can make sure it is functioning before the cold nights roll in. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to schedule maintenance repair technicians. Here's a list to double-check before you start drinking that pumpkin spice latte:

  1. Change your filters: Especially with all of the local fires, your filters are probably pretty dusty. A clean filter puts less stress on your system. A filter should ideally be switched out every six months, and every three months if you have pets indoors. Autumn is the perfect time to go out and get a clean filter!

  2. Test the Thermostat: Don't wait until it gets freezing cold to find out your furnace won't turn on. Switch over from cool to heat setting and make sure your thermostat and heater turn on. If it doesn't, you might need to call out a repair company.

  3. Have your Chimneys Serviced: If you're planning on using your fireplace, make sure you have it professionally cleaned each year. Even if you're using gas, it's a good idea to get an inspection done regularly for signs of corrosion, animals, or carbon build-up.

  4. Test your Carbon Monoxide Detectors: With a furnace on and our doors and windows closed for the winter, make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working. Test them every fall and make it a routine.

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