Get Your Heating and Cooling Systems Ready for Fall

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Now that it’s September, it’s time to think about getting your HVAC system ready for winter. The Roanoke heating experts at Southern Trust Home Services will get your furnace or heat pump in top shape to keep your home warm this winter, plus we can inspect and tune-up your AC unit and get it ready for the hot and humid Virginia summer that will be back soon enough.


Nobody wants the discomfort and inconvenience of a heating system breakdown in winter, and that’s why we offer a furnace tune-up with a no-breakdown guarantee. This annual checkup will uphold your manufacturer’s warranty, increase the efficiency of the furnace and increase the useful life of the equipment.


Our multi-point inspection includes a complete safety check. We’ll inspect the condition of your flue pipe, conduct a flue gas analysis and inspect the heat exchanger for cracks to prevent dangerous carbon monoxide.


Air conditioner maintenance in the fall will help get the AC system ready for the following summer. Evaporator and condenser coils have to be cleaned and we’ll check refrigerant levels. We’ll make sure the condensate drain is clean and clear. If you have a high-efficiency condensing furnace, it uses the same drain, making this service doubly important.


This fall is also a good time to consider additional services, such as duct cleaning or installation of “clean air” UV lights to improve the air quality in your home.


There a number of things that you can do yourself to get your HVAC system ready for winter. If you have a heat pump, clean up the area around your outdoor unit so it’s free of leaves and other debris. Don’t store anything combustible, such as paint thinner, near your furnace. Make sure your registers are open and unobstructed by furniture or drapes. Put a fresh battery in your CO detector. Consider chimney cleaning if you use your fireplace a lot in winter. Add insulation, caulk cracks and install pipe insulation. Change the filter in your humidifier and set the humidistat for winter use. Considering investing in high-efficiency pleated air filters for your indoor unit. Newer filters have an electrostatic charge in them that attracts airborne particles, making them more efficient.


Regular fall maintenance of your heating and cooling systems will lower lifetime costs for homeowners in addition to lower monthly bills. It will assure the health and safety of your family and provide better indoor air quality. Interested? Contact Southern Trust today or call (540) 343-4348 for more information.

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