3 Steps to Winterize Your Heating System

October 17, 2023
Winterizing Heating Unit in Abbeville, LA

=Fall in Lafayette is the perfect time of year to winterize your home’s heating system. Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, taking care of the heating system is essential to staying warm and comfortable in your home all winter. Use this quick guide to winterize your furnace or heat pump in three simple steps.

1. Clean or Change the Air Filter

All furnaces and air-source heat pumps have air filters. Cleaning or replacing the filter before you switch from AC to heat will help the heating system perform with better efficiency. You should also clean or replace it every few weeks if you have a mini-split heating system. Otherwise, clean or replace it every one to two months during the heating season.

2. Clean the Ductwork

If your home uses ducts to transport heat from the furnace into each room, it’s crucial to keep the ductwork clean. You can keep the air vents and registers clean by keeping them clear of clutter and wiping them down with a rag, but it’s best to have a professional clean the inside of your ductwork at least once every two years.

3. Schedule Yearly Heater Maintenance

Annual heater maintenance is key to the performance and efficiency of your heating system. During maintenance, a technician will clean the evaporator coils on your heat pump or furnace, which keeps them from clogging and causing major flood damage to your home.

Technicians also inspect the following elements when performing annual furnace maintenance:

  • electrical components
  • heat exchanger
  • blower motor and belt
  • burners
  • venting system
  • gas pressure
  • combustion chamber
  • safety controls

F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. helps homeowners every day with annual furnace maintenance. We also specialize in geothermal heating and cooling, sheet metal installation, indoor air quality services and smart home technology.

Contact F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. now to schedule a winter maintenance session for your heating system.

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