When the freezing cold winter weather hits, there’s nothing more valuable than a good heating system. With a bit of maintenance, you can make sure your heating system is ready to tackle the winter and protect you from the harsh elements.

Air Filter

If you haven’t changed the air filter in your furnace in a while, now is the perfect time to do it. Air filters should be changed every one to three months. Your air filter will become clogged if you don’t change it regularly, leading to poorer indoor air quality and reduced airflow. If you want to add a bit of extra filtration, consider investing in a filter with a higher MERV rating.

Other Maintenance

In addition to changing your air filter, there are also a few things you should clean. Making sure all vents and ducts are clean will allow for better airflow, which means a more efficient heating system. If a duct is damaged, it will need to be sealed. You should also make sure the area around the furnace itself is clean. Cleaning dirt and debris from around the furnace helps prevent fires and reduce the load on the air filter.

Operate Wisely

Another great way to ensure your heating system gets the job done and has a long life is to use it correctly. Programmable thermostats are a great way to keep your home at a cozy temperature without wasting heat. Set your thermostat to the point that feels comfortable for you and avoids cranking it up for instant relief. To ease the load on your heating system, consider placing small fans in some rooms to help circulate the warm air.

Preparing your heating system for winter takes a bit of work, but it’s worth the feeling of a warm, toasty house on a cold evening. However, if you’re not up to the task, call the heating professionals at Smith & Willis Heating & Air Conditioning at (303) 688-4487 for a free estimate—our heating make sure your heating system is ready to take on any winter.

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