It’s the time of year to ensure that your heating system is prepared for the winter months and to switch your HVAC system over to heat instead of cool. Now is the time to think about steps you can take to prepare your heating unit for the cold winter ahead. The most important thing you can do for your HVAC equipment each fall is to schedule your preventative maintenance with a professional.

Is your furnace prepared to handle the coldest months? The below furnace maintenance checklist will help you to ensure your HVAC equipment is in the best shape possible before the winter months hit.

  1. Change Your Filter. Ideally, you should change your filter every 2-3 months. Replacing your furnace filter is a simple, easy maintenance task; however, remembering to change your filter on a consistent basis may be a little more difficult. By regularly changing your filter you will save on your heating bills and increase the lifespan of your furnace.
  2. Test Your Furnace. The last thing you want is to turn on your furnace for the first time during a cold winter day and find that the heating system needs repairs. Switch on your unit before cold weather hits and check for any abnormal signs – loud noises, cold spots in the house, or thermostat discrepancies. Each room should reach a comfortable temperature without issue
  3. Ductwork Maintenance. Before turning on the heat for the winter, you will want to either inspect your ducts yourself or get a professional to come out. Duct leaks are common and contribute to poor heating throughout the whole home. Now is the best time to bring out an HVAC contractor to ensure your ducts are ready for winter.
  4. Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up. Yearly furnace tune-ups are a vital part of maintaining your equipment and making sure your unit is ready for winter.