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Powering Down Your Air Conditioner and Getting Your Furnace Ready for Heating Season

Last updated 6 years ago

As the weather cools, homeowners will soon be reaching for their thermostats and turning up the heat. Before you do, there are a few steps to take that will put your A/C to rest for the season and get your furnace ready to do its work.

Your HVAC contractor will be a big help during this process, and by following these steps, you can look forward to a warm winter at home.

Tidying Up Your A/C

Your air conditioner is ready to take a well-deserved season off. While you can simply not turn it on and throw a cover over the condenser for the duration of the cold season, it’s best to have it properly shut down by an A/C repair specialist. A professional will drain hoses and coolant lines, shut off the water feed, and cut the power to the unit for winter. By taking these extra steps, you’ll prevent the freezing of any leftover liquids, which will protect the A/C’s internal components.

Getting Your Furnace Ready

Now that your A/C is properly shut down, it’s time to change your furnace air filter and have an inspection performed by your HVAC contractor. You can avoid costly furnace repair down the road with a thorough pre-season inspection:  Any possible issues, like duct leaks, can be caught early, saving you a lot of money on monthly energy costs.

If you have an older furnace, then upgrading before the season starts is a great idea.   By choosing an energy-efficient model and following the advice of your HVAC contractor, you’re liable to save a lot of money throughout the winter and have the installation cost offset by tax credits.

Contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland if you would like to know more about preparing for the rapidly approaching cold season. We can be reached at (410) 698-6465 and we invite you to explore our website for additional information regarding our HVAC services.


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