Spring might be right around the corner in Highland Park, Illinois, but there’s still plenty of winter weather ahead. If your heating system is on its last legs, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it in great shape until warmer weather returns. From changing the air filter to adjusting the thermostat, try these four ways to help your HVAC system last through the end of winter:

Change the Air Filter

When was the last time you changed your HVAC filter? If it’s been more than 90 days, replace it with a new filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating between 9 and 12. If you’ve been turning up the thermostat frequently to beat the cold and snow, consider replacing the filter more frequently to keep your HVAC system running efficiently.

Schedule a Tune-up

We typically recommending scheduling a heating system check at the beginning of the season. If you haven’t had one, there’s still time. 

When you schedule a tune-up, our team will calibrate your system, check the wiring and test moving parts to ensure that minor issues don’t escalate to major breakdowns.

Adjust the Thermostat

If your thermostat is set higher than 68 degrees while in heating mode, your heating system may not be operating as efficiently as you’d like, which can wear down older systems quickly. For optimal efficiency, program your thermostat to 68 while the family is home, and dial it back by 8 to 10 degrees overnight.

Seal It Up

Your HVAC system may have to work harder than necessary if your home’s insulation isn’t up to par. Talk with our team about an energy evaluation. It’s never too late to seal cracks and leaks around doors, windows and outlets,. Doing so will help your HVAC system run efficiently all year round.

To ensure your heating system is operating efficiently and lasts through the end of winter, contact Carefree Comfort at 847-388-0115.