Fall Plumbing Prep

Fall is upon us, and many of us are busy unpacking warmer clothes, sending the kids off to school, and bracing ourselves for winter heating bills. Are you ready? You may have started raking leaves and doing yard maintenance already, but what about getting your house ready? Preparing your plumbing for the cold months now will help you avoid problems when the winter chill hits. Here’s how to get your plumbing ready for the fall and winter.

Stay Warm

Yes, it’s important that you stay warm all winter, but it’s also important to keep your pipes warm, too! If you’ve ever had to deal with a frozen, or worse, a burst pipe, you know how much of a hassle it can be. Take steps to insulate your pipes now before it gets really cold, and you won’t have to think twice about them freezing. Pipe insulation, made from heating cables or polyurethane pipe wraps will keep your plumbing toasty all winter.

Fix Leaks

A leaky pipe may start out as a minor annoyance, but a deep winter freeze can turn that small leak into a blowout. Examine your plumbing for leaking pipes, and have a professional plumber fix leaks before the cold hits. Check around toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks — this is where leaks commonly occur. Make sure to take a trip down to the basement as well, and look for pooling water in hidden areas.

Flush Your Water Heater

Fall is a great time to do some preventive maintenance on your hot water heater. Hot water heaters tend to build up sediment, especially in areas with hard water. This leads to inefficiency and leaks and will suck the life out of your water heater. Check for rust stains, which may mean it’s time to replace the water heater. Have a professional plumber drain and clean it before winter so you can enjoy hot showers on cold days.

Give Your Sump Pump a Checkup

The sump pump is a device in your basement that gets rid of pooling water. The pump is housed in the sump basin, or pit, where water collects for drainage. Locate the sump pump in your basement and give it a healthy check to make sure it’s working properly. Remove the lid and make sure it’s clean and not clogged. You can also check it by pouring water into the pit and making sure it drains properly.

Shut Off Outdoor Plumbing

It is common for homeowners to forget to shut off outdoor plumbing before winter. After all, fall is a busy time of year, so it’s no wonder that an outdoor spigot isn’t at the top of your to-do list. But it should be. When outdoor faucets and hoses are exposed to the cold, they run the risk of freezing and bursting. If an outdoor pipe connected to your indoor plumbing bursts, your whole house will suffer. Remember to bleed your outdoor plumbing, shut off faucets, and put away hoses for the winter. Many people also have outdoor pipes that can’t be shut off. In that case, be sure to insulate them with heat tape.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your plumbing or any of your HVAC needs please feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at (888) 611-7191

Preparing Your HVAC System For Fall Weather

Like most homeowners, chances are you have been relying on your air conditioning unit to keep your home cool during the hot summer months. With fall fast approaching, however, it may be time to begin thinking about getting your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems ready for winter. After a long summer, HVAC maintenance check-up is important to keep your system at optimal performance.
Why you need fall maintenance for your HVAC units.
Just like any piece of home appliance, your HVAC units require routine maintenance to keep them running effectively and efficiently. There are many reasons why you need to make sure that your heating and air conditioning systems are properly prepared for the next season. Here are some of them.
To ensure the efficiency of your system
Keep your units running efficiently.
Even if you have not been routinely servicing your HVAC units, you can perform various maintenance tasks to keep your system running smoothly. For instance, routine maintenance of the furnace, or the part of the unit that is exposed outside, is quite easy and will ensure that your unit performs at its optimal efficiency. However, there are portions of the AC and heater that are inaccessible, so it is recommended that you get a professional to visually inspect your unit before the onset of the next season.
Keep your system trustworthy
Nothing can be devastating like your heating unit breaking down during winter. Proper heat exchanger checkup will certainly make your system trustworthy. Through proper servicing, you can count on your HVAC units to work for you when you need them most.
Protect your investment in your home
HVAC units are incredibly costly and can cost upwards of $10,000 depending on where you are buying them from. Properly inspecting furnaces and other components of the system will ensure that they last far longer. In addition, properly running units consume less energy thus saving you money in the process.
How to prepare your HVAC for fall
Summer is almost over and the cold season is well around the corner. By performing HVAC maintenance in time, you will be prepared to take on that first cold night, no matter when it comes.
Here are a few tips that can help you prepare your HVAC system for the cold months ahead.
Check the filters
As long as your heating and air conditioning unit is in use, be sure to change or clean the filters on a monthly basis depending upon the type of filter your system uses. If you did not replace the filter before you last used the furnace, it is recommended that you take it out and start the fall and winter months with a new one.
Inspect the furnace
Before turning the furnace on, ensure the area around it is clear. Routine furnace checks are important to help prevent it from overheating. In addition, this should be an opportunity to ensure that there are no flammables around the furnace, as these materials can pose safety risks to your home.
The HVAC units are a huge investment. By properly inspecting furnaces and routinely maintaining your systems and keeping them running smoothly, you will ensure that your systems have a long life ahead. In addition, you will ensure that your home is energy efficient, thus saving you money in the process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs please feel free to contact your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll free at (888) 611-7191

The Best Way To Save Money With Your Central Air

Insulate Your Ductwork and Attic

Air leaking from your ductwork and warm air creeping in via your attic both cause your central air conditioner to work overtime, upping the power it uses and, subsequently, your bill. Insulate your attic with cellulose or fiberglass insulation to keep the hot summer air out. Seal off the seams of your ductwork with mastic tape to prevent air leaks, increasing the overall efficiency of the unit.

Proper Maintenance

In order to run as efficiently as possible, thus reducing the cost of keeping your home cool, properly maintain your central air unit. Once a year, have the unit checked and cleaned by a Green Apple Mechanical NJ professional in your area. Time the inspection for the spring if you want the unit fresh for the summer or save some money by scheduling it for the fall, when most professionals offer an off-season discount. Every month, replace your disposable air filter or clean your permanent one. Dust, pollen, and other debris can limit air flow, causing the fan in the unit to work harder, thus increasing electricity use.

Change the Settings

While a cool 72 degrees Fahrenheit may feel fantastic, you can save money by turning the temperature up just a few degrees. Many experts recommend 78 degrees Fahrenheit for when the home is occupied. You can save even more by going as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit when the home is unoccupied and overnight, when the outdoor temperatures tend to be at least a bit cooler.

Increase Shade Indoors and Outdoors

Shading your home and your central air unit lowers your electric bill by reducing how much and how hard the unit has to work. Plant shade trees near the condenser to keep it out of direct sunlight, as well as along the east and west of your property, keeping your house cooler naturally during the summer. Inside your home, use energy efficient blinds and window treatments — and keep these closed during the day to keep hot air out.

Reduce Use of Heat Generating Items

A lot of focus is placed on keeping the hot air from the outside from getting into your home; however, what you do inside the home can also increase the temperature, thus forcing the air conditioner to work harder. Over the summer, cook outside as much as possible and line or air-dry clothing to avoid using the oven and dryer, two of the biggest heat generators in a home. Replace the bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent, which generate less heat than incandescent bulbs, and always turn the lights off when you aren’t in the room or at home to limit the extra heat.
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Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. Contractors get busy once summer and winter come, so it’s best to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. To remember, you might plan the check-ups around the time changes in the spring and fall.

A typical maintenance check-up should include the following.

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

Cooling Specific

  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

Heating Specific

  • Check all gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger. Improperly operating gas (or oil) connections are a fire hazard and can contribute to health problems. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper burner operation. Either can cause the equipment to operate less safely and efficiently.

Actions To Do Yourself

  • Inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump. Your contractor can show you how to do this. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical toll free at 888-611-7191


As copper prices increase and high unemployment remains the norm, residential and commercial air conditioners are easy targets for desperate criminals. Air conditioning condensing units can be removed in less than five minutes by an experienced thief with nothing more than a pair of bolt cutters. In the past, thieves would break open the unit and cost the refrigerant lines to remove the coil, now they simply cut the refrigerant lines and the electrical feed and remove the entire unit. Some even dress like service repairmen to eliminate suspicion. The cost of replacing a condensing unit can be between $1000 and $2000 depending on the size. Investing a few hundred dollars to protect your AC equipment is a prudent move if you live in an area where copper thieves have struck.
There are a few options you can use to protect your condenser; some are decoys like alarm monitoring stickers, fake security cameras, motion sensing lights and audible alarms to actual refrigerant alarms and steel cages that secure your unit to the concrete pad or the structure of your home. You must consider the cost of each method and employ one or two to decrease the chances that your unit will be stolen.

Security Strategies
It is important to understand that you should never remove, bypass, or relocate your electrical disconnect to the condensing unit. The electrical disconnect is installed within arm’s reach so that it can be quickly shutoff in an emergency. Never allow anyone to remove or relocate your service disconnect more than 4 feet from the unit. The requirements vary by locale, so check with your building inspector to determine the requirements.
Determine if a locked cage or steel bars around your air conditioning unit can be installed securely. Several manufacturers make cages designed specifically for this purpose that are difficult to cut through. Most thieves will move on to an easier target. A simple web search will produce several companies to choose from. In most cases you can install the cage yourself. Verify the dimensions of your outdoor unit and review the installation instructions. Depending on how your unit was installed you may need to install a concrete AC pad so that you can mount the cage to it. Some designs allow you to install the cage to the side of the house.
Steel wire cages or bars offer the most secure method of protecting your AC equipment from damage and theft. The drawbacks to these are their looks and installation. Cages that are constructed of steel may require painting to prevent rust damage. A padlock is also needed.
Install an exterior light with a motion detector to keep the side of your home well lit. This may not be the best strategy as many AC thieves will steal the units during the day when people are at work.
Alarm Notices
You can install an alarm sticker on your air conditioner stating that an alarm will activate in the event of tampering. You may also want to install a notice on your front door or window stating that your home is monitored. Thieves are smart so they may be able to determine that the sticker is a fake, or they may not care since they work quickly. Some commercial buildings have placed decals on their units that say “THESE UNITS CONTAIN NO COPPER” which is not true. You may also place a sticker on the unit stating that an alarm will sound if the unit is tampered with.
Security Cameras
You can install a security camera in the area where your unit is located to discourage would be thieves. Install the camera high enough so that they cannot be reached from the ground. Post signs stating that cameras are recording. Some people have installed fake security cameras that actually move and have a red LED on the side. Cameras will not keep your unit from being stolen, but real ones may allow you to identify the thief.
Refrigerant Leak Alarms
To remove the condenser unit, the thieves need to cut the refrigerant lines causing the refrigerant to discharge from the system. A refrigerant alarm can be installed that will sound an audible alarm.  The unit will need to be repaired, but at a substantially reduced amount, maybe a few hundred dollars. Some systems offer notification through a dialer or connected to your existing home alarm system. The drawbacks to a refrigerant alarm are that they require professional installation, they can be expensive, and they do not prevent physical theft or damage.
Refrigerant Alarm that detects power shutoff and refrigerant leaks.
Whichever security device, or devices, you employ, it is important to remember that no single method is fool-proof, but multiple methods can significantly reduce the likelihood that your functioning air conditioning unit is stolen and sold for scrap metal.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs please feel free to call your friends at Green Apple Mechanical NJ toll free at 888-611-7191

Get Furnace Service Done Before Harsh Winter Weather

There are a number of fun things to do in the fall, especially in your city. But, there’s also that big list of must-do’s before the cold weather comes. Although the outdoor yard work and home improvements are probably at the top of your list, there’s at least one indoor thing you should consider taking on early: getting your furnace service and tune-up appointment scheduled.
The team at Green Apple Mechanical NJ recommend that furnace service and maintenance be done at least annually to help prevent a breakdown in the peak of winter, when the furnace is needed most. There are a great deal of benefits to getting it completed before the cold and crisp weather comes to your city, too. Take a look at some of the top perks of furnace service:

  • Helps maintain your heating system’s energy efficiency. Regular maintenance can help make certain that your furnace operates at its top efficiency throughout the coldest months of the year, helping you save on your heating expenses.
  • Ensures your furnace is in peak shape. From checking airflow to full multi-point inspections, you can be certain your furnace is ready to handle whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at your city this season.
  • Decreases the chances of breakdowns. Just about the last thing you want to occur on a cool winter day is have your furnace stop working, especially when heating companies are limited in their capacity for new customers. A furnace service appointment now will allow the technician to find potential problems and solve them before they happen.
  • Helps keep your home safe. All furnaces burn some type of fuel to produce heat, and cracks and leaks around the fuel area could compromise your family’s safety. Inspecting the heat exchanger, gas burner and gas valve calibration are critical to keeping your home safe through the winter.
  • Keeps your warranty valid. Many manufacturers require that you have at least one furnace service appointment per year in order to maintain your warranty, so getting regular maintenance done can save you money if larger problems occur in the future.

Taking proper care of your furnace has plenty of additional perks, and getting furnace service done annually is just the first step. It’ll help keep your home comfortable throughout the cold season and save you time later because you’re less likely to need additional service, maintenance or repairs in the middle of winter when heating and cooling companies like Green Apple Mechanical NJ are at their busiest.
If you have any questions about furnace service or a tune-up in your town, give us a call at 888-611-7191 to schedule an appointment.

How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first cold day hits, you don’t want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it isn’t working. (A lot can happen during the warmer months to affect your furnace.)
No doubt about it, your best bet is to call an HVACR professional and have them come out and inspect your furnace. During a regular maintenance inspection, the repairman also will clean the furnace, change the filter, check for leaks and unhealthy gases, and ensure that everything is operational. You also can (and should if you can afford it) pay them to clean the furnace ducts.
Here are a few other things that you can do yourself:

  • Change the furnace filters regularly. Some suggest every three months; others suggest monthly. At least take a look at the filter after 30 days of operation. You’ll be able to tell if it needs to be changed. If your filter still looks pretty good, you can put off changing it.

  • Stock up on filters during the warmer months. You often can find a bargain on furnace filters and other winter items during those hot summer months.

  • Remove any items you have stored near the furnace, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Also remove any household items that are suddenly sitting on top of or in front of your air ducts and return vents.

  • If you have a gas furnace, contact your gas company and have them fill ‘er up. Gas is certainly much cheaper to buy during the summer than in the middle of a January cold spell.

  • If you have hot-water radiator(s), bleed the valves. Open the valves slightly and close them again when water starts to appear.

Having carbon monoxide and radon detectors are important for everyone’s safety. You can purchase these detectors at most hardware and big box, do-it-yourself stores. Also, call your friends at “Green Apple Mechanical NJ” at 888-611-7191 for any of your HVAC needs.

Home Heating System Tips When You’re Away for the Holidays

Your home heating system is one of your biggest investments, and it’s probably also one of your biggest worries, especially when you’re away from home.
Whether you leave for a day, a weekend or a week or longer, you can alleviate these worries by taking steps to secure your heating system and your home before you leave. Follow this five-step process and you’ll find peace of mind so that you can enjoy your winter respite. It’s really that simple.

Make a list and check it twice to ensure that you:

  • Make an appointment for your fall maintenance checkup, if you haven’t done so already. Better to have any minor glitch found – and repaired – before you leave town than to risk a malfunction or breakdown while you’re away.
  • Lower your thermostat but keep the heat on while you’re away – say, from between 50 and 55 degrees. Set your thermostat fan to the “on” or “run” setting to keep the flow of warm air continuous and even.
  • Leave the cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms open so that the pipes are exposed to heat.
  • Replace your furnace filter for good measure. (Remember your peace of mind; it’s worth the cost of a filter).
  • Leave the name and phone number of a heating system service company like “Green Apple Mechanical NJ” with a trusted neighbor – just in case.

With one of your biggest investments protected, you can take other measures to safeguard your home before leaving home this winter:

  • Shut off the main water valve to prevent flooding.
  • Close your chimney flue and damper.
  • Turn your water heater to the “vacation” or “pilot” setting so that you’re not heating water you don’t need. On a gas unit, the control is usually located at the bottom; an electric water heater can be turned off at the main electrical panel.
  • Unplug all of your appliances, except for the refrigerator, to protect against surges in the event of a violent storm while you’re away. And it bears repeating: Don’t just turn off computers and laptops; unplug them to protect them against lightning strikes.
  • Unplug your garage door opener so that no one can enter your home through the garage door or an adjoining door.
  • Lock all your doors and windows – and check them twice to be sure, even on the second floor. Insert a sturdy pole in the track of all sliding doors.
  • Close all your window treatments.
  • Take the extra precaution of hiding any valuables. Remember that a master bedroom is usually the first place thieves will raid, so you should either have a thoroughly secret hiding place there or secure jewelry, cash and other items in a safety deposit box.
  • Affix timers on several lamps on both the upper and lower levels of your home to give the impression that someone is still there.
  • Put a hold on your mail rather than let it pile up while you’re away.
  • Ask that trusted neighbor to train an eye on your home and even park in your driveway periodically to give the impression that you’re still at home.

If you’re already feeling calmer about leaving home, just imagine how relaxed you’ll feel while you’re away. If you have any heating system issues now or while you’re away for the holidays, contact Your friends at “Green Apple Mechanical NJ”  at 888-611-7191.

Fall is the Best Time of Year to Install Central A/C

The nights are beginning to cool and soon the winter heating season will be upon us. If you are looking to have central A/C installed in your home, now is the best time of the year for this type of project. Just as it is easier to find a good deal on a wood or pellet stove at the end of the heating season, fall is a good time to get a deal on an air conditioner. You can also find contractors who may be into the slow work season between summer and winter repair service.
Whole House Cooling
Central air conditioning is installed in many new homes that lie in areas that see intense heat and or humidity. Stepping into an air conditioned home from a muggy 90-degree day is indeed a relief. If you have an older home and have been using window units, a central A/C unit would be big improvement, for both convenience and efficiency. Central air conditioners are often more economical to run than many separate units installed in many rooms. The convenience comes with avoiding the seasonal installation and removal of these window units. If your home has a central forced air heating system, the installation of central air is a relatively easy task because the duct work and air handling fans that distribute the air are already in place. Adding a cooling coil into the existing air handling system saves the expense of a new or secondary air handler. Homes that have baseboard, radiant and other ductless systems will require a more involved A/C installation. If your home falls into this latter category, there are other options available that may prove less costly or intrusive to install.
Air Conditioning Basics
Conditioned air is air that has been “conditioned” this usually means that it has been cooled down. When air is cooled it also loses a lot of its humidity or moisture by the process of condensation. Lower levels of humidity in conditioned air allow our bodies natural cooling process of perspiration / evaporation to be more effective, and therefore make us feel cooler. Basic laws of physics and thermodynamics control how this whole process happens. Some people wrongly believe that air conditioners and refrigerators “make cold”, while in fact, they move heat from one place to another. In a refrigerator you can feel the heat that is removed from the inside by placing your hand near the outlet vent. In air conditioning, an evaporator coil removes the heat from the air that flows through it, this heat is then released somewhere else by a condensing coil. In split systems this condensing coil is usually located outside the home. Locating the condensing coil outside also minimizes the noise that accompanies the compressors and fans that these systems require.
New Ducts and Air Handlers
If your home is one that lacks a central forced air heating system, A/C can still be installed, it is just going to entail more work and expense. These costs will vary by the configuration of your home. Single story homes can be readily equipped from the attic, basement or crawlspace if present. Multi-story homes may need more complex ductwork to span the different levels or have redundant systems installed to be served from multiple areas. Obviously the more intrusive the work the greater the cost. The backs of closets often provide a “chase” that is used for running ductwork from a basement to a second floor. A large portion of the expense of these installations comes from new air-handling systems that are already present in existing forced air-heating systems.
Costs and Alternatives to Central Air
Retrofitting an older home can be complex. One alternative to a central system may be installing fixed wall units in just a few rooms. These work much like a window unit but do not need to be installed and removed each season. Cost for these systems run about $2500 per room, a central system can run $7000 to $8000 for a typical 3-bedroom home. Costs can vary by region so check with your local installers for your location. Designing your project based on costs, and impact to your home is something to do first. Ceiling fans by comparison are quite economical, with costs around $50 to $200. Home design can also play a role in heating and cooling, in the desert South West, adobe homes, which have been around for centuries, are naturally cool compared to other buildings. Super-insulated homes, earth sheltered and earth-bermed homes also have lower cooling requirements and may be completely passive in their cooling design. Evaporative coolers and whole house fans are other low cost options.
Should you retrofit this fall?
Ancient Romans ran cool water from aqueducts through the walls of some buildings to keep them cool. In more modern times people sat in front of fans and sipped iced lemonade to stay cool. When I was a kid growing up in the Midwest, we used to hide out in the basement in our home that lacked A/C to stay cool.  In Colorado, at 8500 feet, it rarely gets so hot that AC is needed, so they get by with a few open windows and ceiling fans. The cooling choices you make should reflect your home, your budget, and your lifestyle. If you are thinking about installing a central air unit call your friends at “Green Apple Mechanical NJ” at 888-611-7191

Keeping Your Holiday Guests Warm: Home & Furnace Maintenance

During the holidays, you can’t match the feeling of stepping out of the cold and into a loved one’s home. Now that the summer BBQs are over, it’s time to prepare your house for your fall and winter guests. Tune up your home heating systems with furnace maintenance and prepare the your rooms and fixtures for the upcoming chilly weather before a cold front hits.

Home Maintenance Tips

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan – Hot air rises. When you want to keep a house warm, reverse the way the blades turn on your ceiling fan. Have the blades turn in a clockwise motion to create an upward draft that forces the warmer air near the ceiling down into the living space. This trick has also been known to cut heating costs by up to 10 percent.
Seal the Cracks Around Doors and Windows – Gaps wider than the edge of a nickel along window and door frames let warm air escape from your home. Replace the weather-stripping around doors and windows as needed. If necessary, seal the exterior of windows and doors with silicone caulk, and use window-glazing putty if you need to seal the glass to the window frame.

Inspect Your Roof – Hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof for shingles that are damaged, missing or loose. The roofer should also inspect the flashing shield around chimneys and vent stacks.
Clean or Change Your Air Filter – You use your home heating system the most during the fall and winter. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, clean and change the air filter to reduce the amount of dust in your home, improve its air quality and reduce energy costs.
Inspect Your Attic – If your home gets lots of icicles or ice dams during the winter this may be due to poor insulation in your home’s attic. Have a weatherization or home-energy auditor inspect your attic for air leaks.
Clean Your Chimney – A dirty chimney is a health and fire hazard. Before the cold weather hits, hire a sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to inspect and, if necessary, clean your chimney.

Furnace Maintenance Tips

Just as you would maintain your chimney and start the holiday season with clean air filters, it’s equally important to inspect your home heating systems with the help of a heating and air conditioning contractor. The furnace maintenance process involves:

Inspecting the Furnace and Heat Pump – The technician will ensure the components are clean, in good repair and do not leak carbon monoxide into the home.
Inspecting the Gas and/or Oil Connections – Connections that don’t work properly can cause health problems and are a fire hazard.
Inspecting the Electrical System – When electrical connections are tight, they promote the safe operation of your heating system. A technician will also make sure the system starts, operates and shuts down properly, and verify that the thermostat works well.
Inspecting the Heat Exchanger, Gas Pressure and Burner Combustion – When such elements are dirty or cracked, your system operates less efficiently and poses a safety hazard.

Verifying the Furnace Achieves Its Manufacturer-Rated Efficiency– If a furnace doesn’t work as efficiently as it should, you may be spending more money than necessary to heat your home. Reasons that a furnace may work inefficiently can include its age or a component that’s in need of repair or cleaning.
Don’t wait until the weather gets cold to maintain your home and furnace. The holiday months are the peak season for some contractors, and you don’t want to get stuck at the bottom of a list of 50 other homeowners who have the same emergency as you. Take action now to protect your investment so the only things you have to worry about are the baked goods in your oven for your guests.