The days are getting cooler in the Vail Valley, which indicates that winter and freezing temperatures are here. Is your home ready to bear the brunt of everything winter will throw at it? There aren't many things more uncomfortable than a heating repair emergency in the middle of winter, so here are a few strategies to help you avoid this stressful situation. Clear the Airways of Your Heating Systems Many furnace systems are made up of ductwork that runs through the house. Heat vents cover the holes in the walls or floors that deliver the warm air to the rooms. If you notice dust and debris build-up in the heat vents, then it might be time to get your ducts inspected and cleaned in preparation for winter. Weather-Proof Your Home Sealing off windows and doors with weather stripping and plastic can make your home more energy-efficient. The less work your HVAC system or furnace must do to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, the longer it will last between failures. Get Your Home Heating Inspected Many of your home areas require regular maintenance and repairs to prevent small problems from growing into large, expensive emergencies. Your local plumber or HVAC contractor (Plumbing Systems Inc.) will go over all HVAC areas of your home to ensure that everything is working as it should and recommend repairs and maintenance solutions if needed. Clean and Replace Your Air Filters in Your Heating Systems Air filters perform an essential role in ensuring the air inside your home is as fresh and pure as possible. Clean air filters also help prevent allergies and breathing problems in people who are sensitive to such things. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system should include checking the air filters and replacing them, as necessary. In most cases, regular maintenance and repair will prevent emergencies in your heating systems from disrupting your life this winter. Plumbing Systems Inc. will be more than happy to help you prepare for the freezing days ahead.