You know that you are going to go through a change in the seasons from warm weather to cold. The colder the temperatures get, the faster people will reach for the thermostat. You want to make sure that the house is comfortable all year round and that is why you change from the AC to the heating element. This might be a furnace or a central heating system. When you are looking at changing from cooling the house to heating the house you want to take a few steps before you start. This will make sure you take your time to check as well as repair your unit before you start.
Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning Outlines How to Prepare to Put the Heat on in the House
Heating System Maintenance: The first thing that you want to do when you are looking at using your heating system is to make sure that it has an inspection. The heating system will have been sitting around for several months and not being used. That means that there can be problems with the system that were unknown since it was not turned on. That is why making sure that you have your heater inspected by a professional. They can come out and go through the entire machine checking for anything that might need to be replaced or repaired. When they come across an area that has some level of wear and damage it can be repaired. This will ensure that the system is working well and ready to work in the right manner.
Clean the Air Vents & Unit: After months of not using the machine or the heating unit dirt, debris and dust will start to accumulate. The dirt and dust will be on parts of the unit that will need to be used when the heater is turned on. The dirt and dust will then cause the home to smell like something might be burning. This will often send most people into some form of panic. Many will head to the thermostat to turn it right back off in fear that there is some kind of fire beginning. Although it is not likely that there is a fire started it can happen. That is why it is best to take some time to clean the vents and the heater before you start using it. You may also want to have your air ducts cleaned as well to remove the dust that is in the duct work as well. This can be done by a professional to stop some of the dirt from burning.
Change Air Filters: You also want to make sure that you get your filters that are in the return air and have them replaced. They are going to have dirt and debris on them that can become loose and pushed back in the vents and can end up back in the air. It is best to have the filters changed out when you are going from cooling to heating.