p>The mild winters of Charleston, South Carolina can reach average lows in the 40s. With a preventative maintenance plan, a service technician inspects and tunes-up your furnace, heat pump and AC in time for both heating and cooling seasons. HVAC maintenance will ensure your system is operating without wasting energy, saving you money on utility bills and costly replacements.

Did you miss your heating maintenance appointment this year? You can still complete the tune-up your system needs mid-winter. Check these items off your to-do list to be prepared for the chilly weather ahead.

Replace Dirty Air Filters

Clogged filters hinder the air flow of your furnace, causing it to run more to generate adequate heat, which raises utility bills. Also, dirty air filters can impact the air quality of your space. Allergens such as lint or dust that have accumulated on the filter will be pushed back into your home as the furnace operates. Change your heating system filter every 1-3 months to save money and keep your home safe.

Pay Attention to Unusual Sounds

Loud noises such as rumbles, pops, or bangs from your system can signal issues that may require professional heating repair. Scraping sounds can indicate that the blower wheel of your furnace has loosened from the motor shaft. Rattling noises can mean your burner is not working. In this case, you should turn off the furnace and contact a professional.

Seal Exterior Leaks

Any gaps or holes in your home’s exterior can cause drafts inside. You may face increased heating costs as your system works harder to keep your space warm. Seal exterior holes using expanding foam, and use weather stripping and caulking for around windows and door frames.

If you notice changes in your heating system’s performance this winter, it may be time for professional help. To learn more about heating services for your home, call AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services at (843) 277-9928.