As the temperatures drop, homeowners are beginning to kick on their heating units for the first time since last winter—and it might always go smoothly. Luckily, Patch got the scoop from King Heating and Air Conditioning Operations Manager Ken Ahrens on what to look for when firing up the furnace and some maintenance tips, too.
According to Aherns, the best thing for any homeowner to do is get routine maintenance for their heating and cooling systems. He said that the obvious step is the first and best step to ensuring a warm home during the cold winter months.
“I generally recommend routine maintenance,” he said. “That's the most important thing you can do to keep your furnace running.”
Aherns added that a dirty filter or furnace unit can have an adverse affect on the performance of the furnace and cause uneven heating of a home.
“A dirty furnace will provide heat, but it won't provide adequate heat,” he said. “The most important thing is to change your filter, your furnace filter. We recommend once a month.”
Finally, Aherns said that having a CO2 monitor in a home can be key to keeping a home toasty and safe during the winter months.
“That will alert you, you could have high levels in your home, that while they may not be dangerous, can cause major problems,” Aherns said.
For more information about heating and cooling systems, contact one of several local heating and cooling system maintenance shops in Oak Forest. Also, be sure to let Patch know which heating and cooling system shop you trust most.