How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

The winter season is less than two weeks away, which means we can expect a shift in temperatures as well as fewer daylight hours. With a change in the weather, many will begin to put away their summer clothes and opt for the heat instead of air conditioning. After spending many months without utilizing your heating system, it is important to make sure it is ready for use when you need it most. Learn how to best prepare your heating system for winter with the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Thoroughly Inspect the Furnace or Boiler 

Many homeowners have a central heating system, which distributes heat to the various rooms throughout their home. The most common types of this heating system are furnaces and boilers. A furnace works by igniting natural gas that then heats up the heat exchanger. Once the exhaust is carried up the flue, heated air is forced through air ducts. A boiler sends hot water or steam through pipes to various radiators. Because these are both important components of a heating system, they must be properly maintained so that they can function and last. We highly recommend scheduling an annual appointment with a technician to inspect as well as clean either your furnace or boiler of dirt and debris.  

Clean Your Air Ducts 

Another important thing that must be done to prepare your heating system for winter is cleaning your air ducts. Air ducts are what connect your heating unit to your home, acting as a pathway for hot air to circulate throughout your house. Dirt, dust, and other contaminants can enter your air ducts, affecting the quality of air and temperature that flows. Additionally, dirty air ducts can increase your energy bill as the unit has to work harder to function. 

Replace Air Filters 

Air filters work to prevent dirt, dust, dander, and debris from getting into your heating system’s internal components. If the system is used a lot during the winter, it is important to replace the air filters more often, which could be every month or every few months. Regardless, new filters should be installed before the start of the winter season in preparation for cold weather. 

Ensure Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work Properly

Unfortunately, heating systems can cause fires to start as well as gas leaks. To ensure the safety of all in your home, it is critical to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. 

Prepare Your Heating System for Winter With Help From the Professionals at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 

While the aforementioned are just some of the things you can do to prepare your heating system, you can also contact the professionals at Stephens for assistance and quality residential heating services. We proudly offer thermostat replacement and installation as well as vent service. Our team understands how important it is to have quality air that is also warm during harsher temperatures. We are ready to bring you guaranteed quality from fully licensed and trained technicians. Before any work is performed, we always offer our clients a free estimate on our services. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment and be ready for the winter months ahead!