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Winter in Kinston, North Carolina, can be hard on HVAC systems. It’s important to get your climate control system ready for the impending chill to avoid breakdowns when you need it most. Here are three tips for getting your home ready for the heating season:

Change the HVAC Filter

Before the colder weather really sets in, change your HVAC filter. If you haven’t used your system since last winter, dust can build up. Besides creating a burning smell, this dust can migrate into the rest of your home. As a result, it can reduce your indoor air quality.

Changing filters can help increase the efficacy of your HVAC system. Clogged filters make the system work harder, wasting energy and driving up utility bills. When air can’t get through, your system may also not work as well at heating your home, leaving you with uneven temperatures.

Reverse the Fan Direction

Many homeowners associate fans with summertime and warm weather. Fans can actually make a huge difference in your wintertime comfort if the spinning direction is switched to clockwise. Hot air naturally rises, and a clockwise-rotating fan works to circulate that air back down and distribute it through your home, leading to less wasted heat and a more even temperature throughout the home.

To switch your fan direction, there should be a small switch near the blades — simply press that while the fan is off to switch directions and enjoy the comfort!

Schedule Maintenance

Finally, regular maintenance can help ensure your HVAC system is in tip-top shape for heating your home. Midseason breakdowns are a pain and bad for home comfort. A maintenance visit can catch any issues with the system before they create major problems. This can lead not only to lower utility bills but also less stress during the winter.

The experts at J & J Mechanical, Inc. can help get your climate control system in shape for the cooler months. Give us a call at 855-800-1341 to set up an appointment today!

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