With September winding down, crisp fall weather will soon arrive in Madison, VA. However, we don’t recommend that you wait until cold weather comes to find out whether your furnace or heat pump is equipped to ward off winter’s chill. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your heat pump or furnace is ready for cold weather.
Replace Your Filter
Hopefully, you’ve been diligent about cleaning and replacing the filters in your HVAC system throughout the summer. If not, now is an excellent time to remedy that oversight. Dirty air filters cause your equipment to work harder; the additional stress can lead to furnace or heat pump repair or premature replacement.
Schedule a Fall Heat Pump or Furnace Tune-up
The best thing you can do to make sure your furnace or heat pump is ready for cold weather is to schedule a fall tune-up. Your HVAC system gets a workout during the AC season. That extra effort can compromise its efficiency. Your furnace lies dormant during the summer, which provides ample opportunity for dirt and debris to collect and lubricated components to dry out. A fall check-up reduces the likelihood you’ll face a mid-winter heating repair.
Check Your Thermostat
Heating equipment in good working order won’t help much if your thermostat isn’t working properly. If your thermostat is battery-powered, fall is an ideal time to replace the battery. If you have a programmable thermostat, review the settings to make sure that they still fit your family’s lifestyle. Last, but not least, when you’re ready to use your heating system, turn the thermostat to heat mode.
To learn more about our furnace or heat pump maintenance, check out the maintenance services we offer at Duct-Rite Mechanical LLC or call (540) 208-3757. By scheduling a fall tune-up early, you’ll beat the seasonal rush and ensure a smooth transition to the cold-weather season.