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Essential Winter Preparations for Your Heating System

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Wisconsin winters can be rough, and now that the days are getting colder you can expect your gas heater to be used daily. It’s always a good idea to have your heating system in good shape even before the first snow of the season falls. After all, you certainly don’t want to be looking for furnace and air conditioning contractors in the middle of a winter storm!

Unfortunately, most homeowners admit they only pay attention to their heating system when it begins to have problems. Taking care of your gas furnace will not only make it more energy efficient, but can also add a few more years to its service life. Here are a few pre-winter maintenance tips for your gas furnace from our experts at Shackelford.

Seasonal Tune-Ups

As the final days of fall draw to a close, if you haven’t already scheduled an inspection and tune-up visit with your residential air conditioning service and heating technicians, it’s essential to do so without delay. This will help identify potential problem areas and allow you to repair them just in time for winter. Tune-ups will also address any efficiency issues, helping you save money on your heating bills in the long run.

Filter Changes

Air filters can get saturated with dust and dirt over time. It’s recommended you change or clean your filters at least once every 90 days. However, depending on where you live and how often contaminants are cycled into your home, you may want to increase the frequency. Make it a habit to visually check your filters to see if they need changed, even during other seasons.

Regular Cleaning

It’s also important to keep the area surrounding your furnace or gas heater clean and free of any debris. Remove any flammable objects that are around your heating system. Tell to your family, especially your children, to avoid working or playing near the heater to avoid any accidents.

Maintenance Programs

Contact a local residential heating service and sign up for a routine maintenance agreement. This can help take away the stress of keeping up with your heating maintenance and ensure that you’re always ready no matter the season.

Talk to Our Professionals Today to Get Your Heating Ready for Winter

At Shackelford Heating, we can help you with all your heating and air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance needs. Give us a call at (608) 530-0667 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit or request a free estimate on new installations today.


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