Fall is nearly upon us, and that means winter is just around the corner. Even in the Buckhead area, that means it’s time to get ready for some cool nights and sudden chills that could make living at home decidedly uncomfortable. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your home heating system is in good shape.
Stock Up on Filters
If you have a forced-air system, such as a heat pump or furnace, the beginning of the season is a great time to make sure you have plenty of replacement filters. Go to a local factory authorized dealer to make sure the filters you get are properly sized for your system. A good filter improves energy efficiency and reduces wear and tear on the system, so put a clean one in at the beginning of the season and remember to change it monthly.
Inspect Your Unit
As a homeowner, you are your home’s first line of defense against emerging HVAC issues, and many of them can be stopped with a simple inspection. Check the wires going into your heating system to see whether they’re corroded or rusty. Look for dust accumulating on your heat pump’s coils. Search for leaks, airflow issues and any other obvious problems. Detecting those issues now will stop them from becoming big problems later.
Invest in Professional Heating Maintenance
Home maintenance is very important, but if you’re serious about keeping your heating system running at peak efficiency, you’ll need to take additional steps. Invest in a professional heating maintenance agreement from Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning and you’ll be able to rest assured that your HVAC systems are in good hands. During every maintenance visit, our air conditioning and heating repair experts will do all of the following:
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check and tighten electrical and gas connections
- Inspect terminals, gas lines and wires for damage
- Measure airflow to maximize system efficiency and effectiveness
- Calibrate all control systems
- Check and repair leaky or damaged ducts
- Clean the condensate pan and flush the drain
- Inspect the ignition and burner assembly
The upshot of all this maintenance is savings, both in the short and long term. We’ll carefully calibrate your system to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency, and that means lower utility bills. Even if it’s only a small difference, those small savings add up.
More importantly, though, maintenance helps to protect the future of your heating system, extending its lifespan and reducing the odds of an expensive future repair. With good maintenance, you may be able to take an extra vacation or invest in a home renovation project instead of having to replace the furnace a year or three earlier than anticipated. Taking those steps now to maintain your heating system won’t just help you save money and live more comfortably; you’ll make a real investment in your quality of life.