The leaves have changed color and started to fall off the trees, you can see your breath in the early morning, and pumpkin spice is back. It’s autumn and that means it’s time to turn on your heat. Here are a few tips from Tom Schaefer Plumbing and Heating to help you get your heater ready for winter.

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You should already be doing this once a month, but if you’re more of a once-every-six-months kind-of-person, now is the time.

Clear Any Obstructions

Having furniture, clothing, or anything else in front of or on top of your heating and cooling vents isn’t just going to increase the amount of time it takes for your house to heat up, it could be dangerous. Keep the outsides of your vents clear to prevent fires and to heat your place more quickly.

Don’t forget to check the insides of your vents, too. If they seem especially full of dust or debris it might be a good idea to vacuum them out, or call us and ask if we can help.

Check Your Thermostat

The best way to check that your thermostat and your heating system is working properly is to turn up the temperature on a cooler morning or night to see how long it takes to heat up. If it seems to take forever, or it never gets to the temperature you set it to, something is wrong. If, during this time, you hear strange sounds like deep rumbling, shaking, or hissing make sure to take note. These can be symptoms of specific problems that will need to be fixed by an HVAC professional.

At Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling we can make sure that your home’s heating system is ready for the Ohio winter. Call us if you’re having any problems with your HVAC, or if you want to schedule a winterization.