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Are You Ready For Winter?

As you put away your lawn furniture, cover your swimming pool, and trade your summer clothes for winter wear, it’s a great time to get your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system ready for winter, too. Now’s the time to schedule a 20 point Heating System Maintenance & SafetyCheck. The approach of winter in North Carolina means switching from running your air conditioner to operating your furnace, which has been idle for several months.

During a routine heating system maintenance, your HVAC professional will examine the components of your heating system, checking for wear and tear that, dealt with early, could save you from expensive repairs later. Additionally, any reputable contractor should perform a number of tasksto get your system ready for the heating season, including:

  • Inspecting electrical, gas and vent connections.
  • Testing gas pressure and burner combustion.
  • Inspecting your heat exchanger.
  • Cleaning dirty components, as necessary.
  • Lubricating moving parts, and looking for signs of wear and tear.
  • Ensuring that your system starts, runs and shuts off properly.
  • Checking whether your thermostat is working correctly and registering temperatures accurately.

Having a fall inspection ensures that you have peace of mind, knowing that your system is in good condition for the upcoming cold season. However, that’s not the only benefit. A properly maintained heating system will help lower your energy bills, cut down on repair costs, extend the life of your equipment, and ensure that your system is operating safely. Preventive maintenance can easily pay for itself over time through these benefits.

There are things you can do yourself  in your home to prepare for winter, as well. Check your doors and windows for leaks, sealing any you find with a quality caulking or weatherstripping. Ensure that current caulking and weatherstripping are in good condition, and make sure that heat registers and vents are not blocked by furniture, draperies or other objects. Additionally, change your filters regularly (every four to six weeks is a good rule of thumb).

To make sure your system is at its peak year-round, be sure to have maintenance performed on your HVAC system(s) at least once per year. We’d be glad schedule a 20 point Heating System Maintenance & Safety Check for you today. Just give us a call here at Dorton's Heating & Air. You can reach us 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at 704-226-0900 or 704-821-9925. We’re located in Monroe, and have been serving residential and commercial customers in Mecklenburg and Union County as well as all surrounding areas since 1998.

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