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How to Get Your Heater Ready for the Off-Season

As spring approaches and warmer temperatures head our way, we’ll need our heaters less and less. Naturally, you may be thinking a lot more about preparing your air conditioner for summer than you are thinking about your heater. However, the end of winter is actually a perfect time to schedule a heater maintenance appointment and have your system checked for any potential problems that could be detrimental next year. This time of year, HVAC technicians will be less busy, making it easier for you to schedule their visit to your home.

How a Tune-Up Can Prepare Your Heater for the Off Season

During a maintenance appointment, or tune-up, your HVAC technician will look for and make any necessary repairs. They’ll also clean and check the entire system to make sure it’s ready to run safely and efficiently when colder weather returns. They’ll look at components such as your motors and fans, where dirt can build up on moving parts. They’ll also clean ductwork and check for leaks, and change your air filters, in addition to checking for safety issues.

What Else Can I Do?

To best prepare your heater for the off-season, you should take the time to thoroughly clean around your furnace. You may also be able to change air filters yourself, depending on where they’re located. Experts recommend that this be done at least every 3 months. Another thing you can do to potentially reduce energy use and save money is turning off your furnace all together. Even when it’s not in use, your furnace consumes energy. If you have a gas furnace, your pilot light still burns gas year-round. While the loss may not significant, turning off the gas to your furnace can save you some money.

Contact Cooling Unlimited today to learn more about our heating services in Boston, MA and surrounding areas.


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