Is the heating system in your Asheville, North Carolina, home ready for the fall? As the air gets colder, your home needs to be ready to keep you comfortable. That means making sure your heater is in good working condition. Use this fall maintenance checklist to ensure your heating season is ready for the colder temperatures and can keep your family warm.
Replace the Air Filter
The air filter is an essential part of your heating system. It ensures you’re getting clean air and creates efficient working conditions for the components in the heater. A dirty air filter can strain a heater’s parts. As a result, it can cause higher energy bills and more frequent breakdowns.
Clean the System Areas
To keep your heating system clean, clean around the outdoor unit and interior vents. As fall approaches, there’s more debris to get stuck in the outdoor unit. Clean out the leaves, dirt and sticks once a week throughout the fall season. Inside, clear the dust and space around interior vents.
Address Unusual Noises
When your furnace or heat pump starts functioning, it’ll make strange noises like banging, rattling and grinding. These can be signs of loose bolts or debris in the system. It’s best to have a professional deal with the noises if it’s not a simple matter of cleaning around the unit.
Limit Early Use
If you want your heating system to be ready for the fall, limit its use as summer winds down by opening your windows and utilizing fans instead. This can increase the lifespan of your system and offer a greater chance of it surviving through the cold weather.
The best thing you can do in preparation for fall is to schedule maintenance. That’s where Gentry Heating, Inc. can help. Our experts are happy to inspect your system and address any problems it may have. If you’re looking to upgrade before the fall, we can also help with the installation. Contact us today at 828-581-4045 to schedule your appointment.
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