HeatingHow to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Colder Weather

It can be difficult to let go of the warm summer weather and look toward the chillier seasons. But the sooner you prepare for the arrival of colder weather, the more secure you’ll feel—and the less likely that an unexpected repair need will catch you by surprise.

To get your HVAC system ready for winter, you can take a few simple steps to see that the heater is in good condition. Some of the steps you can do on your own, others will require that you contact professionals in heating services in Shoreline, WA and other parts of the Puget Sound Area. For high-quality assistance with your HVAC system, depend on G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We’ve taken care of homes through the winter for more than three and a half decades now.

Some Ways to Prepare Your HVAC Systems

  • Change or clean the air filter: If you have a forced-air heating system such as a furnace or a heat pump, you need to make sure that it has a clean air filter before the heavy work begins for the cold weather. If you have a temporary air filter, take out the current one and replace it. If you use a permanent filter, remove it and wash it off with a hose (making sure you use a gentle water current and direct the water from the back through the filter, so as not to stretch out the fibers). Starting off the winter with a clogged filter can lead to immediate airflow issues and poor performance. Keep changing or cleaning the filter throughout the heating season.
  • Give the heater a test run: Pick a warm day during the fall—a time when you won’t need a working heating system—and turn the heater on for an hour. Listen to its operation. Keep an ear open for any strange sounds that might indicate wear and tear or a repair need. Check on the air vents to see if the airflow is strong. For a radiator, feel that the baseboard heaters are heating up. If anything seems amiss with the way the heater is running, you’ll have sufficient warning about it and can call in repair technicians to fix the problem.
  • Schedule annual pre-season tune-up: This is the most important step of all. You must make use of the knowledge and tools of a professional technician to inspect and tune-up the heating system. During an annual pre-season maintenance visit, an HVAC professional will check for any possible repair issues that might grow worse, take care of adjusting components, and clean and fine-tune the unit so that it works its best.

It’s easy to get started with maintenance: call our team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We offer a pre-paid maintenance program that not only delivers your HVAC system that help it need preparing for winter, but also gives you a 10% discount on parts and labor for all parts and repairs and priority service. Make us your first call for all your needs for heating in Shoreline, WA.

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