Experts: Make sure you’re ready before the cold arrives


Emmanuel Bryant begins splitting wood in preparation for winter recently.

John Sudbrink / The Daily News
Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 16:57 PM.

No matter your tactic, area experts are warning residents to be sure your heating system works before the cold weather sets in for good.

Andy Kepes, service manager at Jacksonville Heating Contractors, said that residents should be sure their filters are changed before they make the switch from air conditioning to heat permanently.

“Stopped up filters aren’t good; it just makes your heating system work that much harder,” he said.

But don’t be overly concerned when you first start it up; Kepes said that not using the unit can cause dust to get on the heating strips, causing a similar situation to having crumbs on an oven burner.

“When they first come on, you get a funny smell in the house,” he said.

Kepes said that he recommends having the system serviced to be sure everything is working well — and doing so while it’s still on the warm side.

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