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Ready to Turn on the Heat? A Few Tips.

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:04 pm on October 16, 2017

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Fall weather in Georgia is notoriously unpredictable. For most people, it’s also the time of year when the heat gets switched back on. It’s one of our busiest seasons at Empire Heating & Air Conditioning!

Are you getting ready to turn on the heat? Here are a few things to know.

Fall is Inspection Season

When did you last have your furnace or heating system inspected? If it’s been over a year, give Empire Heating & Air Conditioning a call to schedule your appointment before it gets too cold. Fall is an ideal season for an HVAC professional to inspect, service, and generally maintain your heating system so it can work efficiently throughout the winter.

Change Your Filter

During Fall, you probably want to change your HVAC filters around once a month. Particularly if you suffer from Fall allergies, changing your filter more often can help you keep fine particulates out of the air. A cleaner filter will also mean your heat works smarter, not harder.

There May be a Smell

You may notice a slight “burning” smell when you turn on your heater for the first time. This is usually caused by dust burning off within the system and is nothing to worry about! If the smell doesn’t dissipate and eventually stop completely after a few hours, turn off the heat and call a professional.

Listen for Noises


One of the easiest ways to tell whether your furnace needs servicing is to listen for unexplained noises. Clanging, creaking, squeaking, and other loud sounds could indicate some of the components of your unit are out of alignment or need to be replaced.

You Need a CO Monitor

If you haven’t already, be sure to install at least one carbon monoxide monitor on every floor of your home! As CO builds up in the bloodstream that can be significant to the health and safety of your loved ones.  Empire Heating & Air Conditioning offers low level co detectors. CO is lighter than air except below freezing and CO detectors are typically mounted at typical thermostat height at or around five feet.

Ready for a full heating system tune-up?
Contact your friends at Empire Heating & Air Conditioning today for a comprehensive evaluation of your entire heating system. Our technicians will talk you through your options and give you more tips for maintaining your system for years to come.