Get Your Home & HVAC System Winter Ready

transitioning seasonsTransitioning seasons around the house at this time of year includes getting ready for the shift from cooling to heating. There’s more involved than  changing the switch on the thermostat. To be ready for the temperature changes coming soon, here are some suggestions for transitioning seasons to keep your HVAC system in sync with the calendar.

  • Schedule a furnace tune-up. The furnace should receive annual maintenance by a qualified HVAC service tech at the outset of the heating season. The procedure includes a list of manufacturer-recommended preventive maintenance and safety items, as well as a thorough inspection to detect  incipient issues that could turn into a major problem later in the season. Annual furnace and air conditioner tune-ups at the outset of each respective season are typically required under the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty in order to maintain coverage.
  • Install a new air filter. The furnace and A/C share the same filter. Don’t begin  heating season with a used filter from summer cooling. A clean filter supports optimum system airflow and efficiency. From now on, change the filter at least every other month for the remainder of the heating season.
  • Check the vents. It’s not unusual to discover that someone has closed or blocked a vent in the house over the summer. Closing or blocking individual vents can unbalance system airflow throughout the house and make consistent comfort control difficult. Make sure all supply and return vents in every room are fully open and unobstructed by objects such as curtains or large furniture.
  • Maintain the outdoor unit. Check the outside component of the central A/C at seasonal shutdown. Cut back any weeds or other vegetation that may have grown up around the unit during summer. Remove fallen autumn leaves or other accumulating debris from the fan grille and vent openings on the side of the unit. Consider installing a cover to protect the unit from winter weather.

Be ready when it’s time to flip the switch from cooling to heating. For help, contact Paitson Bros. We’ve been transitioning seasons in the Wabash Valley since 1922.

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