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Bring the Heat: How to Prepare Your Furnace for the Winter

Is your heating system ready for winter? Fall in the south eases in quietly, with some residual heat from summer but with crisp mornings and cooler evenings. But we all know that winter is right around the corner, and with it will come the cooler temperatures. Before you know it, you’ll need to turn on the heat. Is it ready? Here’s how to prep your furnace for winter.

Change the Filter

You should change the air filter on your HVAC system every three to six months anyway, but it requires changing before turning on the heat in the fall. You don’t want to switch from AC to heat with a dirty filter in place. The filter is what keeps the dirt and dust out of your system and out of the air in your home.

Consider a Thermostat Upgrade

Fall is the perfect time to upgrade your thermostat. You’ll get greater temperature control and use significantly less energy. A smart thermostat can help you get more out of your existing HVAC system.

Don’t Forget Fall Maintenance

Fall HVAC maintenance is essential for prepping your furnace for winter. Your HVAC technician can complete a full checklist of items to ensure your system is ready to keep your house warm when the weather gets cold. The list includes:

  • Inspecting and testing the components
  • Replacing old or worn parts
  • Cleaning the equipment
  • Lubricating any moving parts 

Don’t let winter catch you off guard. Prep your furnace in the fall to ensure a warm, cozy winter. Schedule your fall HVAC maintenance now by contacting H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling.

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