Getting Your Furnace Ready for Winter

If there’s one thing in your home that is essential to keep in tip-top shape, it’s your heating and cooling system, and that starts with your furnace. A broken furnace can leave you and your family freezing cold, breathing dangerous fumes, or at risk of a house fire. Here are some tips to keep your furnace running properly as winter approaches.

First of all, your furnace filters need to be changed regularly. More frequently is better, but you should change the filters out at least twice a year. A furnace with clogged filters cannot circulate air properly—it’s like trying to breathe through a pillowcase. In addition, all the dust buildup on your filters leaves you breathing impure, dusty air. Unclean air also puts your house at a much higher risk of catching fire when you least expect it, especially during the coldest nights of winter when your furnace must work its hardest.

Filters are easy to change out by yourself, but effective routine maintenance must be performed by a trained and certified professional. Most heating and cooling businesses are very busy when the temperature starts to plummet, so it’s smart to schedule a visit early in the season, or a couple months ahead of time.

A technician can keep your furnace clean and up to date so you don’t have to worry about a New Year’s Eve disaster. If dirt and grime builds up in your furnace, parts like the motor, blower or electrical components could fail. A visit from your heating professional could mean getting ahead of the curve, too—who knows if a new technology exists that could make your furnace system run better and more efficiently.

Bottom line, you need the work of an expert to get an expert’s level of performance from your furnace. ATS will send someone out on your time to keep your furnace in tip-top shape, so you don’t have to call us when the unexpected happens.

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