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Four Dos and Don'ts of Switching Your Thermostat Over to Heat for the Winter


Make sure you follow these dos and don'ts. Otherwise, you'll have some HVAC troubleshooting on your hands.

Before you switch your thermostat from cool to heat this fall, keep these pointers in mind to avoid unnecessary troubleshooting. If you’re not careful, you may have issues with your HVAC unit, especially when you turn your air conditioner back on.

Do: Get Preventative Maintenance

Before you shut down your air conditioner for the year and start up your heater, have a qualified HVAC technician take a look at your system and handle any necessary routine maintenance. Not only will it help ensure a long life from your HVAC unit, but it will also identify any potential problems before they become major issues that can shut down your heater or air conditioner for an extended period.

Do: Clean Your Air Filters

The changing of the seasons is an excellent time to change your HVAC’s air filters. These need changing every few months to ensure clean indoor air and efficient operation of your HVAC system. It's also good to have a fresh filter in place before the winter season, which is when indoor air quality suffers most.

Don’t: Ignore Short-Cycling

When you run your heater, it should turn on for more than a short period. And when it turns off, it should stay off for more than a short period. If your heater turns on very often, but only for short time periods, your HVAC system is short-cycling. That’s not normal! Short-cycling is bad because it reduces the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and can adversely affect its overall lifespan. Both of these can cost you a lot of extra money when you least expect it.

Don’t: Ignore Funny Smells

When you turn on your heater for the first time in several months, it’s normal to smell a very faint odor. But this smell should go away soon and not be strong at all. If it’s very noticeable or won’t go away, this could be a sign of a problem.

To avoid an unexpected troubleshooting session, contact our expert team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating to have your HVAC system examined before the winter season arrives.

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