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Important Winterization Tips For Your HVAC System

Important Winterization Tips For Your HVAC System

As the seasons bring cooler weather, your HVAC system will need a seasonal tune-up. It's important to contact an HVAC professional to help with this. You can also use these helpful winterization steps for your comfort. Below, we offer winterization tips for your HVAC system.

Clean and Change Your HVAC Filter

The easiest way to winterize is by changing your filter. You can also clean your filter it is reusable. With disposable filters, you should change it every 90 days. Check it monthly in case you need to change it earlier. With reusable filters, follow the manufacturer's guidelines and cleaning steps. If you have issues with filter changes or cleanings, an HVAC professional can help. Our team can help you with any filter problems you have.

Check Your Thermostat

With the thermostat, make sure it's not still on cooling mode. This won't help when you're getting ready to use the furnace. If you have a standard thermostat, test to see if it activates your furnace. If it's not cold yet, adjust the settings to trigger it. With programmable thermostats, change your settings. This is so they can keep you cozy in the winter. If other people use the programmable thermostat, they need change their settings too. If you need help with your thermostat, reach out to our HVAC professionals. We can help with all types of thermostats.

Test the Furnace

Check the thermostat to make sure it still triggers your furnace. Pay attention to how your furnace is running while you do this. Look out for short cycles, longer-than-expected ignition attempts, or similar issues. If any of these happen, let an HVAC pro know. We can adjust or repair your furnace to get it up and running before winter hits. It's best to check the furnace up to three times before it gets cold. This helps prevent you from needing a repair in the dead of winter.

Remove Clutter from Around Your Furnace

Over the summer, it's different things can up around your furnace. Make sure to clear away any clutter from the area around your furnace. Clear away leaves and other debris from your outside HVAC unit, the one for your AC, before you cover it up for winter. Doing this can help the air move easier and will help to avoid extra maintenance.

Schedule an HVAC Inspection

Scheduling an HVAC inspection is an important winterization step. You should do this at least twice a year: before summer and before winter. Do the first inspection before you start to cool your home for the summer. This is the one that focuses on your air conditioning unit. Do the second inspection before you start using your heating system. This type of HVAC inspection involves:

  • Checking the blower and other key internal parts
  • Seeing if there are any issues with the registers or ductwork
  • Checking electrical connections and other related parts


If you need help with winterization, Harwich Port Heating and Cooling is at your service. Our HVAC technicians are also ready to lend a hand. We conduct a thorough inspection and take care of any other service issues. We want to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter. Contact an HVAC professional today to get the winterization process started.