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Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

It won’t be long before it’s time to shut off the cooling equipment and fire up your furnace or heat pump for winter. Here are some suggestions for effective HVAC winter prep system:

Change the air filters

Change the air filters in your HVAC system before you start using the equipment consistently. Filters help improve indoor air quality by removing particulates such as dust, pollen, fibers, and other material from the air moving through your heating system. Air filters also contribute to maintaining the airflow that’s needed within your HVAC system.

Open and clean air vents

Air vents where heated air enters your home should be opened and cleaned. Remove accumulations of dirt, dust, lint, fuzz, or anything else that could be dislodged by airflow and blown into your home. It may also be a good idea to check the ductwork to make sure it is clean and free from debris.

Check and test thermostat

The thermostat controls your heating system, so it needs to be in good working order. Test the thermostat to make sure it effectively turns your HVAC equipment on and off. If there are problems with the thermostat, replace it before heating season is fully underway.

Test carbon monoxide detectors

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, check the carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide is a highly dangerous gas produced as a byproduct of combustion. It has no color, odor, or taste, and if it leaks from your furnace, it can kill. Carbon monoxide detectors are therefore a critical element of home safety during heating season.

Call for preventive maintenance

Get in touch with your HVAC service provider and schedule a professional maintenance visit. This will allow an HVAC pro to inspect the system and make minor and repairs and adjustments that will keep it working properly.

Arpi’s Industries Ltd. has the comfort of Calgary-based customers in mind as a top provider of plumbing, heating, and cooling services. Contact us today for more information on HVAC winter prep for your home and for the supplies you need to get your heating equipment ready.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preparing your HVAC system for winter and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide.

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