Well it is that time of year again.

When the leaves turn colors and soon the temperatures drop and possible snow.  You will want to prepare your heating system before that happens to ensure your system is working to its best!  If you find that your system is in need of some work prior to the blistery cold weather, call your heating technician now before the inside of your home is as cold as it is outside.  Here is a checklist to help your system run more efficiently and avoid any issues that may arise during the winter:


  • Check your air filter. Changing out your filter when it is dirty will prevent future problems with your system.
  • Examine heating ducts.  Make sure that your ducts are clear of any debris.  This can cause a fire hazard as well.
  • Check your thermostat to be sure it is working properly.  If your thermostat isn’t working properly it can hike up your heating bills.  Check into using a programmable thermostat where you can set it to run different times of the day.
  • When was your last HVAC maintenance? Maintaining your system is important in keeping your system running efficiently.
  • Check your house vents.  Make sure your vents have adequate air flow throughout the home.  You do not want your system to have to work overtime to keep your home warm.  This will also increase your heating bills.
  • Remove anything flammable away from the furnace / water heater. You do not want an accidental fire to occur.  Better safe than to be sorry.expensive-heating-bill
  • Clean your outdoor unit. The unit should be free and clear of any debris such as branches, leaves, or garbage.
  • Check to be sure your outdoor heat pump is “grounded.  The heat pump should be strapped down tight.

Taking this checklist into consideration will help your heating system work properly and efficiently. It can also help prevent any major problems that may occur due to oversights that could have been addressed before the cold sets in.  And let’s not forget costly it can be!  When it comes to winter, we prepare our household in other ways to keep the heat in and the cold out.   Don’t forget your heating system needs tender loving care as well since it is what you rely on for keeping your home nice and cozy when frigid temperatures creep up on us.