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How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Fall is here, which means that temperatures are starting to drop. Before you know it, winter will be here and you may need to turn on your heating unit to ensure your home stays warm. During the fall months, there are a few steps you can take to help get your heating system ready for winter. Read on to learn more about preparing your heater for the winter months. 

Replace Your Air Filters

One of the things that you can do to help prepare your heating system for the cold months is replace your air filters. Air filters get filled with dirt, dust, pollen, and other debris. When the filters get full, it minimizes the amount of air your heating system can pull into the unit and heat. Replacing your air filters helps your unit work properly, while also helping to clean air as it is pulled into the heater. 

Clean Your Air Vents or Registers

Another step you can complete yourself to get your heating system ready for winter is to clean your air vents or registers. Air vents or registers can become dirty or can be covered in dust. Wiping them down helps allow heat to blow into your home, without blowing dust into your home. Additionally, if you have anything blocking the vents or registers, move them so hot air can fully flow into your home. 

Schedule a Heating Unit Inspection and Service Appointment

The fall is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to have your heating system inspected and maintained. A professional will clean and lubricate your heating unit, test it out, and ensure everything is working effectively and efficiently. If there are any issues, the heating professional will recommend repairs be made. This is the best way to ensure your heater is ready to function when you need it this winter. 

Consider Having Your Air Ducts Sealed

Lastly, consider having your ducts sealed prior to winter. After the air is heated in your heater, it is blown into your ducts where it is transported to the air vents or registers in your home. Unfortunately, as ducts age, they can start to separate at the seams, and the heated air meant for your home can escape. Having your ducts sealed helps prevent air loss. Preventing air loss helps your heating system operate efficiently and as inexpensively as possible. 

Taking the time to prepare your heating system for the winter can be beneficial. It helps ensure your unit operates properly and efficiently. Now is the ideal time to start thinking about preparing your heating system for winter. Reach out to a heating and cooling specialist to schedule an appointment for heating services