The winter months in La Grange, Kentucky, bring cold temperatures, so having a functional furnace is a necessity to stay comfortable. When you switch your HVAC system from the cooling to the heating function, it’s smart to take a few steps to make sure it’s prepared for the change.

DIY Furnace Prep

Although most furnace-related tasks should be left to a skilled HVAC professional, there are a few things you can handle on your own. The first step is changing the filter, which will help keep the air flowing all winter long. The filter in your furnace prevents airborne contaminants from moving into the system and impacting your indoor air quality, as well as clogging your ducts. A seasonal change is a great time to swap out your filter. Check the size you need and pick up a new one to place in your unit.

You should also perform a quick inspection of the area surrounding your furnace. It should be clear and free of debris to prevent a potential fire hazard. If your vents or return vents have visible dirt or dust, use a vacuum outfitted with a soft brush to clean the covers and remove any excess debris.

Professional Tasks

You should schedule a furnace tune-up before winter hits. Maintaining your heating system helps it last longer and operate more efficiently. During a tune-up, an HVAC technician will test the system to make sure it’s operating properly and all components are in good condition. They can also perform some light cleaning to remove any dust that may have built up on the burners or other parts.

You may also want to schedule a duct cleaning service, which can improve your heating efficiency and indoor air quality. A professional technician can perform the duct cleaning, which involves removing any debris that has settled in the ducts and is causing restricted airflow.

To schedule your heating tune-up or other services, contact Birkhead Co. at 502-495-3505.

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