It’s that time of year again… we’ve pulled out our winter coats, adjusted our thermostats and settled in for a long, cold winter. Part of ensuring that your long-term settling is comfortable is taking care of your home’s HVAC maintenance. From changing the batteries in your thermostat to clearing dust from vents, there’s a whole laundry list of quick, at-home maintenance tasks that should be performed every year. While most of those are covered elsewhere, today, we’d like to look at a couple of the more critical items and, more importantly, a few simple tips that will make sure your home is ready for winter. Change your furnace filter When it comes to your furnace’s filter, it’s better to be safe than sorry. With new furnace filters costing very little when compared to the cost of a new furnace, now’s the time to consider replacing yours, regardless of whether you already did so last year. Sniff out telling smells Your sense of smell is one of the best tools available for diagnosing common HVAC problems. Do you smell a subtle hint of eggs? You may have a gas leak. By sniffing around your furnace room, you can discover – and correct – many simple issues. Call Metzger’s! If all else fails, call your friends at Metzger’s Heating & Cooling! Fully-licensed and insured, we’re prepared to handle all of your home’s HVAC maintenance needs. Whether it’s a replacement filter, electrical components or a brand new Bryant furnace, our team can help you get your home prepared for winter. At Metzger’s, we pride ourselves on our ability to listen to our customers’ needs and deliver the solution that will best address their concerns. If you’re concerned about this season’s cold weather and need some help getting your home’s HVAC system in shape, contact us today to schedule an inspection.