7 Steps To Prep Your Heating/Cooling System for Winter

What’s your favorite thing to do on cold winter mornings? Many people picture themselves cozy on the couch sipping a mug of something warm, looking out the window at a frosty landscape. Winter will be here before you know it, and performing HVAC maintenance now will let you sit back and enjoy those cold weather days. Is your HVAC ready for winter? Here are 7 steps to prepare your heating and cooling system for winter weather:

Step 1. Change your Air Filters

Your air conditioner worked hard all summer to keep you cool. White it ran, all sorts of pet hair, dust and other debris got caught in the filter.

Dirty filters make the system work harder to keep things at a comfortable temperature. Change your air filters at least every three months to help prevent maintenance problems and keep utility bills down.

Step 2. Check for Moisture

There shouldn’t be condensation on your windows or vent pipe. Look for these signs of moisture buildup:

  • Bubbling or chipping paint on window sills
  • Mold or mildew on windows or other wood trim
  • Rust around vent pipes

If you see signs of moisture, your system may not be operating properly. Call an expert for an assessment.

Step 3. Test your Thermostat

If you haven’t turned your heat on in several months, it’s a good idea to test it before it gets cold. If you have an older system you might need to relight the pilot. As soon as the temperature begins to dip in the fall, switch your unit to heat and see how long it takes to reach the desired temperature.

Step 4. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Smart thermostats save you money. In the past, you had to run your heat all day if you wanted to return to a comfortable home. With a programmable thermostat from Northern Heating & Air, you set your unit to run less during hours when no one is home and warm things up in time for you when you get back. Many brands allow you to access your thermostat through your cell phone or other mobile device.

Step 5. Clean Away Debris

Vacuum dust and other debris form around your