Before winter fully hits us, you should schedule some time to do a quick inspection of your home’s heat pump. With a little preventative maintenance, you can rest assured that your family will stay warm all winter long. In addition to that, you’ll ensure that your indoor air is cleaner and healthier, all while reducing your monthly utility costs. Today, we’re going to give you five tips that will help you get your heat pump prepared for winter. Clear vegetation from outdoor units Any plants growing on or near your heat pump should be removed, along with any fallen branches. This debris can get caught in your heat pump’s fan, leading to undue strain that could eventually cause your pump to break down. Inspect the air filter and electrical wires When it doubt, replace the air filter. If you can’t remember the last time your heat pump’s air filter was replaced, it’s probably time to consider it. While you’re doing that, be sure to double check that all of your heat pump’s electrical connections are secure. Check – and recheck – your thermostat Moving indoors, you should take a look at your thermostat’s settings. When the temperature changes, personal heating preferences also change. To save on heating bills, be sure to adjust your settings before the cold hits. Replace your thermostat’s batteries Just like your heat pump’s air filter, if you’re not sure when you last put new batteries in your thermostat, it’s best to replace them. There’s nothing worse than waking up ice cold, in the middle of the night because your thermostat’s batteries died. Call a professional! To be extra certain that your heat pump is prepared for winter, call the experts at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling. We’ve been Kalamazoo’s premier source for HVAC maintenance for years. With a professional, courteous staff and a commitment to providing the best service possible, we’re certain that we can put your mind at ease. If you’re concerned about the coming cold, give us a call and let us give your heat pump a good inspection.