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Do I Need to Prep My HVAC System before Turning on the Heat?

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, November 11, 2015

Learn how maintenance agreements can help your family stay cozy this winter.

HVAC service technician working on heating system

Maintaining a properly running HVAC system without a maintenance agreement is risky business. As appliances get older and accumulate more wear and tear, they need a professional inspection to keep everything in tip-top shape. If you forego the necessary precautions, you may find yourself in an expensive and annoying predicament.

So Long Summer!

The official sendoff of the warm weather doesn’t happen right at the end of the season. Heat still lingers through the beginning of autumn in most places, but as we get into full swing of chillier weather, you might be thinking of turning that heat back on.

Here’s what you need to do first:

1. Get a check-up.

Many homeowners cover their units in the summer to protect from wear and tear on the paint or surface of the unit. Before you turn on the heat this fall or winter, have a technician examine your unit for rust, mold, or insects. These common assailants can really gum up the works if they get sucked into your vents and start circulating in the home.

2. Replace your air filter.

By replacing the air filter you are investing in more efficient airflow and eliminating harmful pollutants in the process. When air filters get old they become less efficient and can’t catch as many particles such as dust and pollen.

3. Install a carbon monoxide detector.

This is an important part of your HVAC system that might slip your mind. But remembering to check the batteries before the seasons change will help keep your family safe and secure.

Click here to get more information about maintenance agreements from our friendly team of HVAC professionals at Cooper Mechanical.