Winter is just around the corner and with how easy it is to let time slip by, many of us can be caught off guard when the cold winter nights creep up. If you and your home is not prepared, these nights can not only be uncomfortable but also dangerous to your health.
Stay ahead of winter by checking on your heating system to make sure that it is ready for the cold winter months.
1. Check to See if Your Heating System Works
Just because your heating system worked last winter, doesn’t mean it will this year. Appliances that don’t see consistent use are at risk of generic breakdowns as a result of infrequent use. The easiest way to see if your system is functional is to turn it on and see.
If your heating system’s blower has gone out, you want to get it repaired before winter, as HVAC companies will be very busy during the winter months.
2. Clean Out Dust and Replace Filters
After months of little or no use, any appliance is going to gather a fine layer of dust. When you turn your furnace on for the first time, it’s likely that you’ll get an odd smell from the dust that it’s burning away.
This is a more bearable process when the weather is still warm enough out to open the windows to let the smell out.
In addition, you will want to take a moment to check, clean or replace your filters. It’s recommended to check your filters in 30 to 90 day intervals, depending on the filter type.
3. Have a Specialist Test Your System
The quickest and easiest way to check your furnace or heating system is to have it inspected by a specialist. He or she is capable of identifying the biggest troublemakers in a faulty heating system and can recommend the best course of action.
This will also give you an opportunity to see how well a company performs as it is always good to have an emergency HVAC company on hand during the winter.
4. Have a Backup Plan
Even if you have your heating system professionally inspected, installed or repaired, malfunctions can happen from time to time. Although rare, it’s smart to have a backup plan for your home. Basic plug-in heaters can help you to get through the night until you can call a professional air conditioning and heating company.
Need to get your home ready for the winter? Start with your heating system first and foremost. Call us at KAC Express to have your heating system inspected, repaired or installed. Don’t wait for winter to catch you off guard!