We are deep into the fall season. Here in Roselle and the surrounding areas of Chicago, things have been getting awfully cold, awfully fast. This means a lot of things. It means that the leaves are changing colors, it means we’re pulling our heavy jackets out from the recesses of our closets, it means we’re getting ready to put on those snow tires, and, most importantly for this blog, it means that our heating systems are kicking back into gear.

A few months back we wrote a blog post about preparing your air conditioner for the summer heat. We will be continuing with that tradition by taking today’s blog to look at some essential strategies for preparing your heating system for the dropping temperatures of fall and winter. Regardless of the season, Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical provides world-class HVAC services year-round. If you have any questions about your HVAC unit or you’re ready to get started with any of our HVAC services, then just reach out to us today. In the meantime, let’s look at some tips for preparing your heating systems for the cold weather!

First things first: make sure that there are no immediate or obvious obstructions or fire hazards in the space around your furnace. Having debris, dust, boxes, clothing, and other such things cluttering your furnace can pose a real danger to your home. This isn’t just about optimizing the functioning of your heating system; it’s about preventing fires from sparking.

Just as you don’t want debris surrounding your furnace, you also don’t want anything blocking the heating vents themselves. If you have a heavy piece of furniture on top of a heating vent, then you certainly won’t be feeling that toasty air the way that you should. Instead, it will cause your heating system to work overtime for your home to reach the desired temperature. This will both cost you a pretty penny and be harmful to the environment. On top of that, it can cause your furnace to overheat and pose a danger to the safety of your home. If you want to keep your home warm and cozy, then uncover those vents!

Of course, not all homes have chimneys. If you do happen to have one in your home, then you will want to ensure that it’s clean and ready to use for the winter months. A chimney can go a long way in keeping you cozy in the cold, but a dirty chimney, like a cluttered furnace space, can pose some serious dangers to your home. So, before starting up that chimney, take the appropriate steps. It is a good idea to get your chimney professionally cleaned, but you can start by taking a flashlight and peering into your chimney. Keep your eye out for any obvious obstructions such as birds’ nests. Keeping a clean chimney will prevent fires and lower the risk of the build-up of poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. And, of course, your chimney isn’t the only thing you’ll want to clean.

Fall is the season of debris! The leaves are literally falling, which means there’s a whole lot of stuff potentially clogging up areas of our homes. These clogs can lead to all sorts of issues, not the least of which includes being less energy-efficient. So, just as you’ll want to take steps to ensure that your chimney is cleaned out, you’ll want to do the same for your gutters. Clogged gutters can have a huge impact on the drainage system of your home, which can, in turn, lead to leaks, higher utility bills, and costly repairs. As it rains, sleets, and snows throughout the chilly season, the last thing you want is for that cold water to get inside and damage your home. Cleaning your gutters is an essential step to prevent that from happening.

Even small leaks can have a huge impact on the overall energy efficiency of your home. It’s a good idea to take a look around your home for leaks. The best way to do this is to seek out standard problem areas. Windows and doors are extremely common sources of unwanted leaks. All sorts of things can lead to broken seals that allow for air to be leaking in and out of your home. For instance, temperature changes can cause materials to expand and contract, warping frames and leading to leaks. Another common source of leaks include areas with caulking and weatherstripping. Make sure everything is sealed up nice and tight.

It can be all too easy to neglect air filters. This is not a good idea. Just as with every example so far, a clogged air filter can be both costly and dangerous. In general, a dirty filter will make your furnace work all the harder, costing you money in the long run. You can keep those utility bills lower by having clean filters. How often should these be replaced? It’s tough to say since it depends on how often you’re using your HVAC system. However, it’s generally recommended that filters be changed every one to three months. Just talk with the professionals if you’re not sure whether or not your filters should be changed. Speaking of the professionals …

The best way to ensure that your HVAC system is prepped and ready for the fall and winter months is to consult the professionals. The above suggestions are great ways to help ensure that your home is safe and ready for the cold, but there are certain things that are best left to the experts.

At Saturn Heating Cooling & Electrical, we offer a variety of expert HVAC Services for your Roselle home. Our residential heating services include:

Furnace Repair
Furnace Maintenance
Furnace Installation
Furnace Replacement
Heat Pump Maintenance and Repair
Heat Pump Installation and Replacement
We will inspect your heating system to make sure that everything is up and running the way that it’s supposed to. Ultimately, regular maintenance and regular consultations with trusted HVAC agents will ensure that your systems are efficient, safe, and long-lasting. There’s simply no substitute. Reach out to us with any questions regarding any of our HVAC services. We look forward to helping you make your home as cozy as possible this Illinois winter!