How You Can Get Your Heating System Ready for Winter

November 2, 2020

Even though it’s just now starting to feel like fall is here, before you know it, the cold winter weather will arrive. Planning for the change of seasons is always a good idea, especially when it comes to your heating system. The team here at Air Necessities Heating & Cooling has put together a few tips for you to get your Columbia, SC home ready for the cold weather so you and your family can be warm and cozy all winter long. 

Schedule a Professional Maintenance Appointment

Do you know the last time you had your furnace or heat pump professionally tuned up? Regular heating system maintenance appointments are important in keeping your HVAC system healthy and efficient. Regularly maintained heating systems are ready to operate at peak efficiency all season long. Unfortunately, a lot of Columbia, SC homeowners neglect maintenance and it can cause broken down systems or costly repairs. Preventative heating system maintenance is the key to ensuring the longevity of your furnace or heat pump. Fall is the best time of the year to call your local Columbia, SC HVAC contractor to schedule heating system maintenance. Ensure your comfort before the cold, winter weather arrives!

Take a Close Look at Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is the “brains” of your heating and air conditioning system. If your thermostat is broken, you won’t be able to tell your heating and air conditioning system what to do. Test out your thermostat before the cold weather arrives and set your desired heating temperature. Does your Columbia, SC home heat up as quickly as you remember? Is your furnace or heat pump making any strange noises when starting up? Make sure you take inventory of how your home feels and if it is comfortable to you. If not, you need to reach out to your local HVAC contractor to inspect your furnace and thermostat to ensure everything is working properly before the cooler weather is here. 

Change Your Air Filters

Your air filters play a huge role in the overall performance of your heating and air conditioning system. When they have been neglected and are dirty, they block the air flow throughout your HVAC system and decrease the quality of your indoor air. Make sure you are changing your air filters every 1-3 months as this helps improve indoor air quality and increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. 

Ensure Your Carbon Monoxide Detector is Up and Running

Finally, if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, now is the time to install one. These are similar to smoke alarms but they will detect unhealthy carbon monoxide levels right away, Carbon monoxide is odorless and can be deadly. Breakdowns inside of your heating system can cause a carbon monoxide leak somewhere. Ensure your family’s safety by making sure your carbon monoxide detector is up and running effectively.

If you’re in the market for a brand new furnace or heat pump, check out some of our heating products we offer here

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and here

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. If you have further questions about how to get your heating system ready for the winter weather here in the greater Columbia, SC area, give Air Necessities Heating and Cooling a call today!

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