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Is Your Heating System Prepared for Fall? What Homeowners Need to Know

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Maple Grove Heating Repair Company

As surprising as it may seem, fall is already upon us. This makes it important that you take certain steps to ensure that your home’s heating system is prepared to keep you and your family comfortable during the cold months that are still to come. By taking proactive steps and performing routine maintenance, you can reduce the likelihood that you will encounter problems with your furnace when you need it most. To help ensure your comfort, here is a look at a few steps that you can take to prepare your furnace for fall and winter. 

Replace The Air Filter

One of the easiest, and most critical, things that you can do to prepare your home’s heating system for winter is to clean or replace your air filter. While this is an easy HVAC maintenance task for homeowners to perform, it is also something that is often forgotten. However, a dirty air filter will constrict airflow to your furnace, causing your system to have to work harder to heat your home. Not only can this lead to increased energy consumption, but also, this can put an unnecessary strain on your heating system that can lead to costly repairs or premature system failure. Replacing your air filter at the beginning of fall, and every 1-3 months throughout the cold season, will help to keep your furnace running optimally.  

Check The Outside Unit

If your heating system has an external unit, it is important that you inspect and clean it before winter arrives. Remove any leaves, twigs, and other debris that may have collected on and around the unit over the summer that could restrict airflow. You can also look for any signs of damage that may necessitate repairs during your inspection. It can be helpful to trim any trees, bushes, or other plants near your outdoor unit to prevent any unnecessary foliage from falling on it and reducing airflow.

Test Your System

Before the weather turns cold for the season, consider doing a test run of your heating system to make sure that everything is working properly after it has been sitting idle for the summer. Make sure that it heats your home properly and pay attention to signs indicating that your heating system may need repairs such as if it makes any loud/unusual sounds. Doing a test run early in fall will ensure that you have time to have your system repaired if necessary, especially before winter arrives.

Consider Scheduling a Tune-Up

Of course, the best way to ensure that your heating system is ready for the cold season would be to schedule an annual tune-up. An HVAC technician can inspect your system to ensure everything is running properly and perform repairs if necessary. 

Feel free to contact us to find out about having your home’s heating system serviced this fall.