You know winter is right around the corner and there are things we need to do to get prepared. One of them is to make sure to service your heater before the season is upon you. Reason being, the last thing you want is for the first blast of cold air to come over the mountains and your heater or furnace isn’t working correctly. Also, by doing this due diligence getting your heater serviced before a possible emergency situation, you will be saving yourself a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few things you can do to get your heater or furnace working it’s best before the winter blast. First is to just turn on the thermostat. Seems simple enough, but, you want to make sure your heater is working and blowing hot air. Second, make sure to check all the air filters your heater may have. You may have filters in your heaters grill, your ceiling, or wall vents. Some people prefer to try and save some money by washing these heater filters out instead of replacing them. I say just replace them. You don’t know what has been building up inside those filters over the year and you’re breathing this stuff in. Make sure to check the furnace flue, contact a professional to clean your chimney, and test your carbon monoxide detectors. If you have a furnace that uses oil, be sure to check and replace your filter if needed. Be sure as well to take a peek at the tank level while you’re there. If for any reason you find your heating unit is not working properly, you may need to contact an HVAC technician or a heater repair company to come out and find what’s wrong.