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Preparing Your HVAC System for Winter

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If you live in Bloomfield, with the many geological and historical wonders to explore so close by, there is a chance you don’t spend much time indoors. With that said, when you do come home, you want to be able to relax and enjoy some comfortable evenings. This is hard to do if your house is too cold.

The air may not be chilly just yet but you know as well as we do that this will change. And when it does, you will want to make sure that your HVAC system is in good working order to keep you warm. The question is, what do you need to do to prepare your furnace heater for what is to come?

If you would like to know the best ways to get your heating system ready for winter, then read on. And when you decide to start the preparations, reach out to us to schedule a visit from an HVAC contractor in Bloomfield, NM.

So you want to prepare your furnace HVAC system for winter but you aren’t sure what you need to do. See below for some pointers.

Test the System

Your first step will be turning on your thermostat and upping the temperature just north of the current temp indoors (we suggest doing this at night, or waiting for a cooler day, for now). You will want to check for two things when you do this: does the heat kick on within a few moments and are there any abnormal sounds coming from the furnace? If there is a delay in your system turning on, or if you hear noises like banging or rattling, you will want to call a technician for repairs.

Clean the Heat Exchanger

You will want to make sure that your heat exchanger has been cleaned and dusted since the previous heating season. Not only does this help the system run more efficiently, but it also provides a chance to check for cracks which could be dangerous to your health.

Clean the Air Filters and Vents

Yes, you really do want to ensure that your HVAC system is as clean as possible. The build up of dust on your air filters can make it harder for your furnace to provide you with hot air. Make sure that your air filter is cleaned at least once a year, whether it is behind the vent or within your heater itself. The same concept applies to your vents although these are easier to clean with the help of a wet rag or microfiber cloth.

An Extra Head’s Up on Gas Furnaces

For those of you with a gas furnace, make sure that you go the extra mile when it comes to HVAC system preparations. We encourage this because if part of your system cracks or breaks it can release carbon monoxide and put the lives of everyone in the house at risk. In addition to this, please make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are fully operational, too!

At the end of the day, the best sort of preparation that you can provide for your HVAC system is to schedule regular maintenance with a professional HVAC contractor. This will ensure that your furnace is kept in good working order year-round so you aren’t stuck wondering about your safety as the weather turns chilly.

Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to schedule an appointment today or to learn more about our maintenance programDon’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time! 

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