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Winter is here in London which means you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is ready for these cold months. Ensuring your system is in good shape can prevent costly repairs in the near future.

Change Your Air Filters
You should already be doing this on a monthly basis to ensure the highest possible air quality for your home. It never hurts to check your filter every so often as it can get dirty fast. Keep in mind, that when you take the old filter out, you may not necessarily see a lot of dust and debris which doesn’t mean it’s not present. You’re still doing the right thing by switching the filter out.

Test Your Thermostat
Turn on the heat and set your thermostat for whichever temperature you generally prefer in the winter. Then see how long it takes for your home to get there. If it takes too long or doesn’t happen at all, you definitely have a problem and need help from a professional.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to choose a temperature and schedule when you’d like your furnace to turn on. For example, if you get home at 5:00pm every day, you can make sure that it’s nice and warm for you when you do. At the same time, this allows your HVAC unit to be completely off when you’re gone too, which will save you a lot of energy and strain on the entire setup.

Check Your Air Vents
This is another easy thing you can do to get your home ready for winter but also make it much more pleasant too. Go around and check your air vents. Make sure they’re not blocked by anything. You should also want to check for any buildup of dust and debris. Clean it out and, as long as you’ve switched out the filters, the problem should be solved. Still, keep an eye on it. If the same vent keeps filling with debris, you have an internal problem in your vents.

Run Your System for an Hour and Listen for Noise
Run your furnace and keep an ear out for about an hour. This will signal any odd sounds or strange noises. You can also check to see if your furnace is draining water anywhere too.

That’s it! Run through these simple steps and you’ll have a much more comfortable winter this year.