It's the middle of September, and in the Greenville area, warmer temperatures are still hanging around. However, as the year progresses, the mercury will dip and it will be time to turn the furnace on for the first time. At Dipple, we're here to help those who are having problems with their heating system, or help them find a new furnace that will last them for years to come. Now is the perfect time to make sure your HVAC system is ready for winter, and in this post, we'll cover some basic tips to get you started.
Focus on the Filters
You've most likely heard how important it is to change your furnace filter on a regular basis. Now, we know you may not have thought about the filter since January, but it's important to swap the old one for a new one before the winter heating season begins. It can be a good idea to buy multiple filters for the season, since it can be beneficial to replace the one in the furnace each month.
If you have an older system that uses flat filters, consider upgrading to pleated HEPA filters (if possible). Our technicians can help you find the best options for your furnace, no matter how old or new it may be.
Move Stuff Away from the Furnace
Your heating system is most likely located in your basement, and if you're prone to storing stuff in the utility room, make sure nothing has found its way next to the furnace. You'll want to leave at least a few feet of space in front of the appliance so that it's easy for you or a service technician to access it. Of course, you never want to store flammable or combustible items anywhere near your furnace, so if for some reason those type of items are nearby, remove them immediately.
Clean Your Vents and Ducts
You may have done this before using your AC for the first time this summer, but it's important to give your vents and ducts another good cleaning before heating season begins. Use a rag or duster to clean the front of your registers, and you may want to remove them completely to clean each side properly. If you're concerned about the state of your ductwork, call Dipple and we'll set up a cleaning appointment that works for you.
On top of your interior ducts and vents, make sure that the exhaust vent for your furnace is free from obstruction. If a bird has made its nest too close to the vent, or there are leaves and tree branches that have fallen and blocked it, take the time to clear everything away. This can require you to get on your roof, and if you feel uncomfortable doing this, it's a good idea to hire a professional.
These simple steps can help you get your heating system ready for colder weather, and if you feel your furnace needs some further attention or repairs, we're always here to help. A quick tune-up could be exactly what your HVAC needs, and we'll make sure everything is working as it should before we leave.