You probably didn’t know, but poor HVAC maintenance causes an estimated 15% of all house fires. This is just one of the many benefits of tuning up your heating and cooling system. As we get ready for the cold weather in Easley, SC, follow these three steps to help prevent becoming a statistic this winter.

Replace Your Air Filter

Replacing an air filter is something most people can do for themselves. While simple, it’s one of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC system working properly. Unfortunately, many people neglect this task.

Over the winter, the restricted airflow caused by clogged filters puts additional strain on many components of your system. This could lead to lots of furnace repairs. Plan to check your filters every 30 days, and replace them when they look filthy.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

If your thermostat is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider getting an upgrade. Modern thermostats give you more control over your heating cycles.

Furthermore, a replacement will let you adjust your settings in your home as well as remotely. As the outside temperature fluctuates, you can adjust the temperature to help optimize both comfort and energy use.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Don’t forget to schedule your fall maintenance visit. During a tuneup, a certified comfort advisor will clean the dust that has settled over the summer on your heat exchanger and circulating fan. This professional will also check for signs of wear on the movable components and the tightness of electrical connections. The accumulated dust and loose connections are the leading causes of furnace-related fires.

Don’t wait for the cold winter weather to hit to schedule your maintenance service. Call the licensed HVAC professionals at Authorized Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your maintenance check today.

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