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In most cases, an average heating system isn’t completely prepared for cold weather. Although scheduling maintenance is a smart preparation strategy, there are other steps that a homeowner can take to get a heater ready for colder weather. This guide highlights some of the best ways to prepare your heating system in Olathe, KS, for the winter.

Filter Strategies

If you schedule fall maintenance for your heating system, the service technician will change the filter. To speed up your next fall maintenance appointment, try to replace the filter in advance on your own. This is a fairly easy task you can complete in less than a minute. If you replace a dirty filter with a clean one before the first heating cycle, your heater’s overall efficiency will improve by up to 15%. Remember to check and change the filter as needed throughout the winter – usually every month.

Equipment Warm-Up

During the spring and summer, an HVAC system’s heating hardware rests until the cold weather arrives. The problem is that an HVAC system’s main heating components never perform at their full potential during the first heating cycle of the season. To get the most out of your heater, you’ll need to warm up the hardware.

Typically, you should start warming up the equipment two weeks before winter arrives. You don’t have to run the heater for multiple hours. Instead, just let the system operate long enough for electricity can energize the system. Doing so will also burn off any dust that has collected on the system over the warmer months.

Key Requirements

During the winter, frost can cause major problems if it builds up on vulnerable HVAC equipment. To minimize ice and frost, ensure that your equipment has proper airflow and fresh refrigerant.

If you need help preparing for fall and winter weather, contact Air-Pro Comfort Systems to schedule an appointment for heating maintenance. We service all makes and models of furnaces and heat pumps.

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