Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. It’s important to properly shut down and prepare your heating system at this time so it runs well when we have cold weather again. We take time to prepare our home for the changing of seasons in other ways, doesn’t it make sense to prepare your heating system for the inevitable heat and humidity as well? In the long run, this shut down will help you save energy and money until temperatures start to drop again in the fall.

Read on for tips to shut down your heating system for the warmer months.

How to Shut Down Your Heating System

  • For systems with a standing pilot, turn off the pilot light. Unless you need your pilot light to fuel another appliance, it’s really safe to turn it off.  Your pilot light stays lit constantly and is ready and waiting for the next heating cycle while continuously consuming gas. 
  • Change your air filter.  A dirty filter will reduce the amount of air that makes its way to your cooling system. This causes the entire system to work harder, thereby wasting energy and putting undue stress on the system. A clean air filter at the beginning of spring will be a life saver to your entire HVAC system.
  • Change the switch. Change your thermostat from “heat” to “cool”, and if applicable, input your new temperature settings and adjust the timing if needed.
  • Address any problems? Before you shut down your heating system, think about whether or not there are any problems that need to be addressed. Did the system perform well? Did you notice anything different this year? Was the heat distributed evenly? Did your energy bills make sense in comparison to previous years? If there were any red flags, call the experts at RE Sanders and have them give your system a good look to be sure that things will work well when you need to use it again. 

Shutting down your heating system for the spring and summer months is important. Call RE Sanders today at 717-843-7894 if you would like a technician to assist you with this task. You can also visit our website anytime for more information about all of the services we provide.