As you put away your lawn furniture and camping equipment and trade your summer clothes for winter wear, it’s a great time to get your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system ready for winter, too.

Now’s the time to schedule a fall furnace tune-up. The approach of winter in New Jersey means switching from running your air conditioner to operating your furnace, which has been idle for several months. During a furnace tune-up, your HVAC professional will examine the components of your heating system, checking for wear and tear that, dealt with early, could save you from expensive repairs later. Additionally, your contractor will perform several tasks to get your system ready for the heating season, including:

Inspecting electrical, gas, and oil connections.

Testing gas pressure and burner combustion.

Inspecting your heat exchanger.

Cleaning dirty components, as necessary.

Lubricating moving parts and looking for signs of wear and tear.

Ensuring that your system starts runs and shuts off properly.

Checking whether your thermometer is working correctly and registering temperatures accurately.

Having a fall inspection ensures that you have peace of mind, knowing that your system is in good condition for the upcoming cold season. However, that’s not the only benefit. A properly maintained heating system will help lower your energy bills, cut down on repair costs, extend the life of your equipment, and ensure that your system is operating safely. Preventive maintenance can pay for itself over time through these benefits.

There are things you can do yourself in your home to prepare for winter, as well. Check your doors and windows for leaks, sealing any you find with caulking or weatherstripping. Ensure that current caulking and weatherstripping are in good condition, and make sure that heat registers and vents are not blocked by furniture, draperies, or other objects. Additionally, change your filters regularly (every four to six weeks is a good rule of thumb).

To make sure your system is at its peak year-round, schedule annual HVAC maintenance. We’d be glad to talk with you about what service plan is right for you or discuss other home-energy topics. Just contact us at Pipe Works Services. We’re located in Chatham and have been serving residential and commercial customers in Morris, Union, Somerset, and Essex counties since 2000. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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