As fall replaces summer, it’s time to start thinking about your home’s
heating system in Arlington. Cooler weather means the approach of heating
season, which also means you’ll soon be switching your thermostat
to “heat,” instead of “cool.” Taking the time
to prepare your heating system for the winter weather ahead serves many
purposes, reducing the risk of heating issues while also increasing system
efficiency so you’ll pay less overall to heat your home this winter.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Chances are, you’ve already been changing your furnace filter during
the summer to maintain good indoor air quality and keep your air conditioner
clean and functioning efficiently. Before you make the switch from cooling
to heating, make sure to replace your furnace filter as well, and keep
several extra filters on hand so you’ll remember to replace them
every one to three months during the winter as well. Replacing your furnace
filter is the best way to get better performance from your heating system
and prevent issues such as uneven heating, poor indoor air quality, and
Check Your Air Registers
While closing air registers in unused rooms is a great way to save energy,
there is a trade-off—closing too many registers can actually put
strain on your heating system and affect its ability to heat your home.
When you make the switch from heating to cooling, check each of your air
registers and determine whether you would prefer to leave it open or closed.
Some rooms can benefit from
closing the air register in the summer, but may need the register open to receive heat in the winter.
Take stock of your entire heating system to make sure that you aren’t
closing more than 30-40% of the registers at any given time—if you
have questions about how to reduce heating in little-used rooms or change
the way your home is heated overall, your HVAC expert can help you determine
whether an option such as zoning might be best for you.
Examine Your Furnace
A quick visual examination of your furnace can alert you to concerns that
may need repair before you switch on the heat for the winter. Take a look
at every part of the appliance for issues such as dents, loose panels,
signs of pest activity, or improperly-attached vents. You should also
check your pilot light to make sure it is burning blue. If you notice
any signs that your furnace may need attention, it’s best to call
in a heating expert before you need to raise the temperature in your home.
Fall is also a good time to make sure that the area around your furnace
is clear for a few feet in all directions, which will protect the appliance
from accidental damage caused by falling objects.
Your home HVAC professional will be happy to help you prepare your heating
system for the cooler weather just around the corner with a professional
furnace tune-up. Please take a moment to
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