Tips to help homeowners prepare their HVAC systems for the cooler weather ahead
Change air filters. Especially after the harsh summer months, a clean air filter will keep the HVAC system running efficiently and help ensure good air quality.
Clean air vents. Use a vacuum to clear dust, pet dander and debris from the vents. This will help circulate the air that’s needed to regulate the temperature of the home.
Clear the furnace area. If the furnace is located in a storage area of the home, take heed of items that have piled up around the area during cooling season. Any flammable materials left propped against the furnace constitute a potential fire hazard.
Test the furnace and thermostat. Before it’s actually needed, let the furnace run for 10 minutes to ensure it’s working properly. There will likely be an odor, but it should only last for a few minutes. This is also a good time to test the thermostat and make sure it’s working in heating mode.
Prune landscaping and protect the outdoor air conditioning unit. If winter rains and snowstorms are a threat, prune bushes and shrubs that surround the a/c unit now. Consider cleaning the unit with a hose and using a protectant to help avoid corrosion during the winter