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5 DIY Tips to Bulletproof Your Furnace This Fall

Football season, and fall, is upon us. This is the time when HVAC pros switch from focusing on air conditioning to prepping our customers for the coming cold weather, especially in the Canal Winchester area.

If you have a gas furnace, you should be doing these things to ensure it performs at peak efficiency during the winter.

1. Change the Filter

Regular filter changes on your HVAC equipment are the best way to ensure your system keeps running as smoothly and as cleanly as possible. At the very least, you should change your system’s furnace air filter twice a year, at the change of the major seasons. If someone in your family suffers from allergies, or asthma, or if you just want to make sure the system is running at peak efficiency, you should change them about every other month.

2. Remove Leaves and Debris

It’s important to remove any buildup of leaves, grass or other debris from around your exterior air conditioner or heat pump. Unnecessary debris can reduce airflow, hurting performance and potentially causing a breakdown.

3. Mind Your Thermostat

Did you know constantly playing with the thermostat can result in higher utility bills. Either set it and forget it to a comfortable temperature that everyone can handle, or install a programmable thermostat. You can even get one that can be controlled via WiFi or smartphone app.

4. Indoor Cleaning

Especially if you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your family, you want to be sure you clean indoors frequently to prevent buildup of allergens and particulates that could affect them. If you feel the urge to open windows to let cooler air in, be sure to clean more frequently, including vacuuming and dusting. That can minimize the amount of particulates building up in your furnace air filter.

5. Routine Maintenance

Be sure to take advantage of our fall specials and preseason checkouts to maintain your furnace. Our expert HVAC service techs can perform routine maintenance quickly and efficiently, and be sure your system is in tip-top shape, possibly preventing a visit from Mr. Murphy and his law on the coldest night of the year.

Why Hire Us to Maintain Your HVAC System in Canal Winchester?

Our service techs will perform these tasks and others during their fall tune-up and safety check:


We’ll clean the burner, heat exchanger and any other component that needs it, allow it to operate at peak efficiency.


In addition to routine cleaning, we’ll also inspect the system for any potential problems that could rear their ugly head when the weather turns cold.

Safety Check & Tune-Up

Using our 25-point inspection checklist, our service tech will give your furnace and HVAC system a thorough once-over to ensure it works at peak efficiency. We’ll look for rust spots or leaks, and perform electric checks to ensure the full safety of your family.

While you can do perform some of the routine maintenance tasks yourself, there are things that should be handled by a qualified and licensed professional HVAC service technician. Contact Pickerington Heating & Cooling now for your fall furnace tune-up and safety check, it’s important to have the work done by a pro. Use our online appointment form or call us at (614) 837-4026 to get your system primed for the coming cold!