Taking time to prepare your heating and air conditioning system for winter can cut costs and add years to the life of your furnace.

Here are a few tips:

 

HVAC UnitExamine your HVAC unit

Check your heating and cooling system for the harsh winter weather.  Have a professional perform a full inspection of all belts, motors and other components.

 

Change the Filter

It’s a small step, but changing your filter every month is one of the best things you can do to increase your system’s efficiency and add years to its life.  Doing this when the utility bill arrives makes it easy to remember.

 

Clean Your Ducts

Clean ducts allow for efficient movement of heat and clean air.  Make sure there are no dents, breaks or punctures in your ductwork.  Caring for ductwork is another instance when it’s best to consult a professional.

 

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you have an older system, consider updating your thermostat.  Today’s digital models are extremely accurate, so you don’t overheat rooms and waste energy in the long run.  A programmable unit saves money by letting the house cool off when you are out of the house and warm up when people are home.