Home Heating: Getting HVAC System Ready for Winter

air conditionersHave you unpacked your warm clothes yet? It’s getting chilly over here on the East Coast. While the day temperatures are high enough to manage without turning on heat, nights and mornings keep getting colder and colder.

Is your HVAC system ready for the winter?  Discount Appliance Repair is here to walk you through winterizing your HVAC.


Check the Furnace

Make sure the furnace is operational, intact, clean and ready to heat your home. Clean the filter or replace it if you are using disposable filters. Stock up on filter replacements and keep checking back once a month. A dirty filter will make your furnace less efficient, which means a cost to operate it will go up.

Give furnace a test run. This will help you detect any problems early on and have them fixed before the heating season. The last thing you want is freezing in your home because the furnace is acting up; with our busy schedules, who knows how long it will take to get it back up and running.

While testing the furnace, listen for any unusual sounds and check if it’s producing adequate heat. You can also install carbon monoxide detectors next to your gas-powered furnace. When the filters get clogged, carbon monoxide is not vented properly and may reach high concentrations.

Check the ductwork

This is the kind of messy and inconvenient task you might want to outsource to your local Virginia HVAC repair and maintenance specialist.  He will have all the necessary tools and experience to inspect, clean and fix your air ducts if necessary. Blocked, damaged or disconnected ducts will greatly affect the amount of heat your home is receiving.

If your HVAC system is designed with different vents for heat and air conditioning, be sure to close and seal AC vents to direct the heat to the correct path.

Check the thermostat

No matter how well you cleaned and maintained your furnace and ductwork, you won’t see any energy savings with a broken thermostat. Test it at different settings and make sure the furnace responds to the thermostat and produces heat corresponding to the set temperature. For more savings, you might want to upgrade to a digital programmable thermostat that will automatically shut down the heat when no one’s home.

To get the most out of your HVAC system during winter, insulate your home well by applying weather strips to doors, caulking around windows, replacing summer screens with glass windows and overall eliminating drafts in your house. And if you need a professional inspection or repair of your air conditioning or HVAC system, give us a call. We service many areas in Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax.