Cooler temperatures have arrived in Shelbyville, TN, which means that winter is right around the corner. It’s important to make sure your heating system is up to the critical task of keeping your home warm, safe and comfortable this winter. Keep reading to learn about three heating maintenance tasks you can complete on your own.

Change the Air Filter

According to Energy Star, you should check your heating system’s air filter once per month. Pick a day that’s convenient and easy to remember, such as the first of the month or the last Saturday of the month. If the filter is visibly dirty, remove it and replace it with a new one. Operating your heating system with a dirty air filter reduces its energy efficiency, worsens your home’s indoor air quality and could damage the motor or fan, leading to premature equipment failure.

Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit

If you have a heat pump, the outdoor unit may be covered with leaves, branches and other debris. Once each week, remove debris from around the outdoor unit. It needs at least three feet of clearance on all sides and above it. You may need to trim back tree branches, cut shrubs or grass or pull out overgrown flowers. If you see debris stuck in the unit’s housing, turn off the unit’s power before attempting to remove it. Avoid pulling too much, as this could damage the fins or fan.

Check the Thermostat

Your programmable or smart thermostat uses a battery to power the touchscreen, its light and memory. This fall, check the thermostat’s battery. You’ll need to remove the faceplate or housing to gain access to the battery compartment. Use a multimeter to test the battery’s charge. If it has less than a 30% charge, replace it.

For more information about heating maintenance tasks you can do on your own, take a look at McKamey Heating and Cooling’s preventive maintenance services, or call us for additional details.

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