Now that we are fully ensconced in the chill of the fall weather, surely you’ve had to break down and turn up the thermostat. We know you fight tooth and nail to hang on to the warm weather and ignore the chilly mornings that come along with the falling leaves. Now that you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that the heat must stay on until spring makes its appearance, now is a good time to prepare your heating system for winter.
To make sure your home – in particular, your heating system – is ready for the cold weather ahead, here are a few things to ensure you’re getting the maximum output while conserving energy.
#1 Test the system – Surely you’ve already turned the heat on, at least in the early morning hours or late in the evening, but it’s still a good time to check and make sure there aren’t any obvious issues. Better to discover them now and have them repaired before the dead of winter and snow season arrives. With the heat on, stand next to your heating system or vents and listen to ensure it starts up and isn’t making any strange noises.
#2 Adjust the dampers – If you have manual dampers, redirect the airflow so they are fully open to heat your bottom floor/living areas. Heat will rise, so keep the downstairs dampers directing more airflow than the second floor dampers.
#3 Clean or replace air filters – Dirty filters reduce air flow, causing your system to work harder and use more energy. Clean those that can and replace those that are damaged or overly dirty.
If you find any issues with your system, it’s best to have them checked and repaired now. For heating and air conditioning repair in Virginia, turn to Eastern Tech – our techs are prepared to handle any heating issues your system encounters.