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As fall replaces summer, it’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system in Arlington. Cooler weather means the approach of the 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 frequent breakdowns.

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 a 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 click through our website and explore our full range of home comfort services, including repairs, replacement, installation, maintenance, and more. We also continually update our blog with pertinent information and tips to help you get more from your heating and cooling system throughout the year for a comfortable Arlington home.

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