Don’t wait until the first cold day to think about your heater! We already discussed a few ways to prepare your HVAC system in our last 2 blog posts, such as cleaning your outdoor unit, replacing air filters, and troubleshooting heat loss spots in your home. Now, before you start running your system full time, you need to do a test run to determine that everything’s running properly. A little time spent preparing your HVAC for winter can possibly cut your electricity usage, lower your bill, and extend the overall life of your HVAC system.

Check/Update/Program Your Thermostat

If you do not have a properly functioning thermostat, your heating system can’t maintain a consistent temperature. Test your thermostat on a cool morning by checking your pilot light to make sure it’s lit properly, turning your thermostat up to at least 75 degrees, and waiting for your heat to kick on. If your room doesn’t reach that temperature or takes too long, there may be a problem. Older thermostats that use mercury should be replaced because they can be very inaccurate. If your thermostat uses batteries, check or replace them. Program your digital thermostat to your preset temperatures for various times of the day and save heat and money when you’re away from your home.

Listen for Unusual Noises and Look for Moisture

When you turn your unit on, listen for unusual noises like banging or rattling and look for signs of moisture on your home’s windows. Check the vent pipe for rust or dirt accumulations as this can indicate improper operation and ventilation. If your home is not properly ventilated, moisture can build up. If the moisture can’t escape, your roof can rot.

Schedule Your Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Proper maintenance and inspection are the best ways to keep your HVAC system operating as its peak performance and help prevent costly emergency repairs. Your Atlanta Air Care technician will give your system a thorough inspection to make sure all of its components are running properly. We will examine your furnace’s burner assembly, ignition system, heat exchanger, the gas system on any gas furnaces, the combustion blower, air filters, fan belts, motors, electrical switches, thermostats, and the control box. We will also perform a variety of diagnostic procedures to ensure that all parts are cleaned, drained, and lubricated and make small calibration adjustments to maximize your unit’s energy efficiency.

Regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance saves you time and money, as well as provides peace of mind during those icy, cold winter days and nights. Call Atlanta Air Care today and rest easy knowing your home will stay warm and toasty this winter with a properly functioning heating system.