With the bone-chilling arctic cold fronts that can pass through Pennsylvania every winter, it’s vital to keep your heating system action-ready. You can’t afford to risk a furnace breakdown when the health, safety and well-being of your family are at stake. Here are three things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from a cold house this winter:

Schedule Heating System Preventive Maintenance

One quick call is all it takes to summon an experienced HVAC service technician to perform thorough heating system maintenance. Your tech will inspect the complete system to ensure that it is functioning safely and effectively. The heater will be cleaned, calibrated and tweaked into high-performance mode to deliver optimal indoor comfort and maximum energy efficiency. If any existing or potential problems are discovered, your tech can take care of them now so they won’t cause trouble later.

Keep the Air Filter Clean

Operating a heater with a dirty air filter can harm your system. A clogged filter blocks airflow and causes the motor to overheat. The system shuts off to cool down, and when it starts up again, the same thing happens. If this short-cycling continues, it can cause irreparable damage. Avoid damaging your equipment by changing the filter monthly or as needed.

Consider Replacing an Older Furnace, Boiler or Heat Pump

Well-maintained heating systems can last from 13 to 20+ years. If your unit is an older model, has been poorly maintained or needs repairs just to keep it going, it’s probably inefficient and not keeping you as comfortable as it once did. Rather than waiting for it to stop working, consider heater replacement now. The next polar vortex might knock your aging unit over the edge, and you don’t want to be without heat until you install a new system. Modern furnaces are much more efficient than their older counterparts, so you’ll be saving money on energy costs every month. The new unit will also be covered under warranty, so you won’t have to worry about a breakdown.

At Triangle Heating & Cooling, we offer free HVAC upgrade consultations in Bellefonte and State College, Pennsylvania, to help our customers explore residential heating replacement options. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or contact us directly at (814) 209-8113.