Cold weather is on the way to Lancaster, OH, and the surrounding communities. Now is the best time to prepare your HVAC system for chilly temperatures. Use these five tips to ensure your home is safe and comfortable.

1. Schedule a Tune-up

While there are some maintenance tasks you can do, others are best left to trained professionals. Our NATE-certified technicians clean the burners and heat exchanger. We check the safety valves and sensors. The tune-up also includes a safety and performance test to check for carbon monoxide. Autumn is the right time for a tune-up.

2. Clean Vent Covers

Dirty vent covers also hinder airflow. Begin by removing the cover. You may need a screwdriver for this. Use a clean microfiber cloth dipped in warm water with a few drops of dish detergent. Wipe all surfaces of the cover. Use a separate clean cloth to dry the cover.

3. Check the Flue

Furnaces burn gas to heat your home. The burning process creates poisonous carbon monoxide. A problem with the flue, such as a bird’s nest or crack, could prevent the carbon monoxide from leaving your home.

4. Replace the Air Filter

If you have a heat pump, it likely ran all summer in order to cool your home. Its air filter is probably dirty. If you have a furnace, leaving last season’s air filter in it could lower heating efficiency by 15% or more. Replace the air filter. Throughout the winter, check the filter monthly, and replace it every three months or sooner if it’s dirty.

5. Arrange for Air Duct Cleaning

If you can’t remember the last time your home’s air ducts were cleaned, it’s a good idea to schedule this now. Dust and dirt not captured by the air filter will build up in the ducts. This buildup hinders the flow of warm air into your living spaces.

At David White Services, we’re Lancaster’s go-to source for HVAC maintenance. Homeowners also turn to us for duct cleaning, heating and cooling repairs, replacement and installation. For more tips on preparing your heating system for chilly weather or to schedule service, contact us today.

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