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How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

Chilled young man with winter hat sitting next to a radiator isolated on white backgroundIt’s fall here in Bolingbrook! That means the kids are back in school, the leaves on the neighborhood trees become more vibrant each day, and the holiday season is on the horizon. This is a special time of year, make sure you’re enjoying it to its full capacity by preparing your home’s heating system for winter—you don’t want to get caught out in the cold!

If you need premier HVAC services in Bolingbrook, IL our technicians at Johansen & Anderson Inc are the right team for the job. We understand the specific needs of Illinois residents because our company has serviced the area for the past 70 years. We’ve taken the time to perfect our craft—you can count on us when you need a job done right.

What You Should Do

Here are the best steps to take to prepare your heating system for chilly winter temperatures.

  • Change Your Air Filters: It’s important to maintain clean air filters in your HVAC system. It’s obvious that the air filters in your home affect the quality of your air but a dirty air filter also negatively impacts the efficiency of your system. Cleaning or replacing your air filters every few months helps maintain high heating and cooling efficiency in your home. When your system is as efficient as possible, you’ll run into fewer repair needs and increase your system’s lifespan.
  • Clear the Space around Your Furnace: It’s common for homeowners to place things on or around their furnace during the warmer months when they aren’t using it. Now that you’ll be using your system again, make sure that you relocate any remaining items in this area before you turn on your heater. Leaving materials here is a huge fire hazard!
  • Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat: One simple step that greatly increases your HVAC efficiency is to upgrade your thermostat. Even if you already have a programmable thermostat or a digital thermostat, it is still beneficial to take things to the next level and get a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows wireless capabilities so that you can access and change the temperature of your home from anywhere. It also learns your heating and cooling preferences over time. This capability is what makes the system “smart.” Over time, a smart thermostat will analyze patterns in your home habits and anticipate your needs by changing the temperature in your home. Some units even show you opportunities to save yourself money on energy costs.

What We Can Do

While there are many things you can do on your own, there are certain tasks that only a qualified professional should do. Schedule preventative maintenance this fall and our professional technicians will make sure your heater is ready to go. Professional heating maintenance includes:

  • Analysis of your heating system
  • Check that your carbon monoxide levels are safe
  • Prevention of any dangerous gas leakages
  • Calibration of your system
  • Repair any issues before temperatures dip any lower.

If you want to make sure your heating system is prepped for winter, contact our team to schedule an appointment today.

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