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4 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Colder Weather

4 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Colder Weather

4 Tips to Get Your Heater Ready for Colder Weather

Winter months in New York can be brutal with snowy days and freezing cold temperatures. Maintaining your heater throughout the year is an important step in ensuring it lasts. It’s especially vital to make sure you get your heater ready for colder weather before those low temperatures start setting in. Getting your heater ready for winter can be a breeze if you follow a few simple steps. Check your filters, clean around your unit, check your thermostat, and schedule a maintenance appointment to prepare efficiently and thoroughly.

The first step in getting your heater ready is checking filters

Having clean filters is the key to achieving consistent maximum performance. Dirty filters can cause many problems like preventing efficiency, making your system work harder which leads to higher utility bills and possible breakage of your heating system. Cleaning and replacing your filters when they’re dirty or you notice a clog can be a simple fix that pays off.

Keep your heater and the area around it clean

Similar to how you should keep the area around your air conditioning unit clean, you should clean around your furnace. While the furnace is off, make sure to brush off any dirt and dust and clean around the edges. If you have an outdoor unit, check around the edges for extra debris. If you’re cleaning an indoor unit that’s near furniture or drapes, make sure to give it enough room for airflow. Get your heater ready through proper cleaning to ensure you have the best efficiency and your system is in tip top shape.

Check your thermostat for accuracy

During the summer making sure your heater is good to go is the last thing you are thinking about. This means when it’s time to turn your heating system back on, it’s had many months of hibernation. When a thermostat is older or has sat dormant for many months, it’s possible the thermostat isn’t entirely accurate. It’s important to check that your thermostat is giving you the correct temperature and is working correctly. If not, it might be time to consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. 

Set up a maintenance appointment

According to the CDC, you should have your oil and gas furnace inspected every year. When the temperature drops, ensuring your heater is ready and safe is a crucial step. Working with a professional company like OSI Comfort Specialists, is the best way to protect your valuable system. Our service plans include routine maintenance and repair coverage giving you peace of mind. Setting up a routine appointment to maintain your system can help your heater run smoothly and efficiently, keeping you warm during those cold winter months.

Conducting preventative maintenance on your heating system accomplishes a lot. From smoother operations to fuel savings, these steps will help you ensure your HVAC is prepared for colder months when you need it the most. At OSI Comfort Specialists we provide the very best in heating equipment service. We know how to identify and fix problems and tune-up your equipment for maximum efficiency. If you’re in the Long Island area and looking to get your heater ready for winter, give us a call at 516-763-1400.