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February 12, 2019
Winter here in the Chesapeake area can be unpredictable, and the last thing any homeowner wants is to schedule emergency heating repair in the middle of a cold spell. If you want your heating system to provide the indoor comfort you rely on, it’s important to do what you can to keep it running at its best.
Here are a few simple ways you can optimize your furnace or heat pump to run at peak performance all winter.
Schedule Regular Heating Maintenance
Many homeowners in Virginia and North Carolina underestimate to power of scheduling preventive heating maintenance. When you schedule just one tune-up for your furnace, heat pump, or boiler each year, you can expect benefits like:
Reduced risk of a costly breakdown
Increased system energy efficiency
Lower annual heating costs
Improved overall indoor comfort
Extended life expectancy for your heating equipment
At Russell’s HVAC, we recommend scheduling a tune-up for your heating equipment in the early fall, before you turn on your system. If you haven’t yet scheduled a tune-up for your system this winter, it’s never too late to schedule one! Now is also a good time to sign up for a maintenance plan, which takes the guesswork out of maintaining your system.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Did you know a clogged or dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of your heating system, or even cause your system to overheat? This is why it’s so important to check and clean your air filters regularly. Check your air filter at least once a month and replace it as soon as a noticeable layer of dust and dirt begins to accumulate.
For many homeowners, a furnace air filter needs to be replaced every three months. If you have pets, young children, or family members with allergies, your air filter will need to be replaced more often.
Keep Your Heating Equipment Clean
Whether you have a furnace, heat pump, or boiler, keeping it clean and free of surrounding debris can further help reduce unexpected repair costs.
Program Your Thermostat
Changing your thermostat settings frequently can have a negative impact on your heating system, forcing it to work harder and reducing its lifespan. To reduce strain on your heating system, be sure to program your thermostat properly. We recommend setting your thermostat to a comfortable temperature when you are home and to a lower temperature when you and your family are away to save more energy.