How to Get Your Furnace or Heat Pump Prepared for Winter

There are plenty of fun and memorable things to do during the winter holiday season, but they wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without your furnace or heat pump! Although winter is months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about getting your heating system ready to keep your home warm and cozy.

Here are some easy tips to keep in mind:

Change Your Air Filter

A person changing an air filter on a high efficiency furnace

Air filters are designed to protect your furnace and keep the air in your home clean. When the filter gets too dirty, it can affect the air quality of your home, the efficiency of your furnace or heat pump, and damage delicate components. Most air filters should be changed every three to six months, but if you have a large family or pets, you may need to replace your filter more frequently.

Ensure Your Heat Pump Has Proper Air Circulation

Along with checking your air filter, you should also make sure your heat pump has enough airflow. Check your outdoor unit and clear away any weeds, leaves, grass, or other yard debris that could be blocking its air circulation.

Schedule a Maintenance Appointment

Late summer to fall is the perfect time to schedule a maintenance appointment with us. We recommend getting an inspection, cleaning, and tune-up to ensure your unit is ready to counter the cold season ahead. To help make your HVAC maintenance more convenient, we offer a planned maintenance agreement. Our skilled technicians will come to your home twice a year and perform the following services:

  • Ensure the system is operating properly
  • Check the thermostat
  • Check the operating temperatures
  • Clean burners (if accessible)
  • Check the amperage of electronics
  • Test starting capabilities
  • Clean and/or replace 1” filters
  • Check the auxiliary heat
  • Check the condensation drain/pump
  • Check the defrost control
  • Check electrical connections
  • Check the indoor and outdoor coils
  • Check the evaporator coil
  • Clean the condenser coil (as needed)
  • Check the heat exchanger (if accessible)
  • Check motors AMP draw
  • Check the refrigerant line insulation

During your maintenance appointment, we’ll also make recommendations on anything else that might be needed to help your HVAC system run as efficiently as possible. With our planned maintenance agreement, you’ll also receive an additional 10% discount on repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service.

Sign up for our planned maintenance agreement today!

Ready to Schedule Your Fall Maintenance?

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential to keep your system working its best year-round, but it can also help you save money, keep your house cooler in the summer, and reduce energy consumption.

According to the US Department of Energy, regular maintenance can reduce your energy bills by as much as 10-25% in wintertime. If you’re ready to schedule your fall maintenance, contact PECO today at 864-639-2424 or request an appointment online. We’re ready to help you stay warm this winter!