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Winter Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

After a long summer of unrelenting heat, the weather finally shows signs of relief. As the cold weather makes its way into our lives, it is imperative to know your heater will reliably keep your home warm. Our experts urge you to follow these simple tips that will help to ensure you and your family don’t go without heat during the frigid months.

Regularly Change Your Air Filters

Air is constantly flowing through your vents no matter the season. Whenever your HVAC system runs, dust and debris flow through your ducts and are caught by the air filters. If these square pieces of webbed fiberglass are not changed frequently, debris will detach and flow through your entire system. This dirty air not only decreases indoor air quality but will also clog your system, causing it to work harder and decrease efficiency. The extra strain on the system will not only cause an increase in energy bills but can cause the entire system to fail, leaving you with high repair costs and no heat.

Have Your System Inspected

Enlisting assistance from a trained technician is highly recommended. Their up-to-date equipment will allow them to diagnose a potential problem and fix it before the weather becomes too extreme. Minor repairs pay for themselves overtime by helping avoid major repairs or the entire replacement of your system.

Signs You Might Need a New System

While replacing your entire HVAC system is not ideal, sometimes it is necessary. Signs you might be due for an updated system include:

  • Increased energy bills
  • Inadequate heating
  • Increased time to heat the home to the desired temperature
  • The system is loud when it turns on
  • The system runs longer and more frequently
  • The age of your system is greater than 15 years

If any of these resonate with you about your HVAC system, it might be time to schedule an appointment with a professional who can properly inspect your unit. Although a new system is a significant investment, the money you save due to the increased efficiency will pay off in the long run.

For more information about ensuring your heating system is prepared for the winter ahead, schedule service with our experts at Tingley Home Services. Give us a call today! (508) 456-8838