Just because the weather does not feel cold yet does not mean that it isn’t about to turn. The weather will surely change, and when it does, you wouldn’t want to be caught with a heating system that throws cold air. The only way to ensure that is by seeing to the perfect working order of your heating system and that, too, well in time.
Fall is the best time to get the furnace ready for the upcoming winter season. At this time, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. It is pleasantly comfortable, and you can easily do without the HVAC system without any major discomfort. To make a smooth transition from cooling to heating, you must read this article and stay on top of things.
Getting The Heating System Ready For Fall
Preparing the heating system for the onslaught of cold weather is a wise move. This way, you don’t have to face any unpleasant surprises. Here are a few tips for getting your heating system ready for fall:
1. Preventive Maintenance Well In Time – A maintenance routine that is carried out well in time gives you uninterrupted comfort. It ensures that all problems that are just starting are caught before they lead to significant issues and cause unwanted breakdowns. Precisely for this reason, such maintenance is also known as preventive maintenance. A less known fact of maintenance is that it helps a part of lost efficiency. So instead of starting where you stopped last season, you begin at a better level. It helps keep your utility bills in check. So, all in all, maintenance or preventive maintenance prepares the heating system to run continuously and efficiently when the cold weather sets in.
2. Install A Programmable Thermostat – It’s true that the traditional thermostats do the job. Nonetheless, they don’t help save energy and cut down costs related to it. Programmable thermostats help you program the thermostat as per your needs. You can choose to set a program with different settings for when all occupants are away from home and when inside. In the same manner, different settings for morning and night will help you save energy. The good thing is that once the program is set, you needn’t adjust it manually as now the programmable thermostat will take care of it all. Even better are smart thermostats. These hook to the home’s wifi network and allow the homeowner to control the temperature inside the house from anywhere. Hence, this winter season setting yourself with either a smart thermostat or programmable thermostat will give you the greatest advantage.
3. Change The Air Filters – Not remembering to change the air filters is a common mistake committed by many. We are humans; we tend to forget. It is important not to slip-up this winter season. Be diligent and ensure that the air filters are changed once a month or at least once a quarter. Clean air filters allow for free airflow, which, in turn, makes for proper heating of the home. Also, new air filters are critical to maintaining good air quality indoors. It is a well-known fact that allergies and illness raise their ugly heads during winters. If you want your home to be rid of pathogens, no laxity must be entertained in replacing the dirty air filters.
4. Clean The Ducts – Ducts, too, house germs, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and allergens. Besides, it may even house droppings and dead skin cells of pests and critters. All of these are health hazards. The warm air that passes through the ducts picks them up along with accumulated dust and dirt and spreads them far and wide within the home. Professional cleaning of the ducts will help eradicate them. Once professionals clean the ducts, they are good for the next 3 to 5 years. Hence, this activity does not have to be carried out every year.
5. Seal The Leaks – Air leaks are one of the major causes of inefficiency in heating systems. If the hot air escapes, your house cannot maintain a comfortable temperature, and the furnace has to work longer and harder. Doors and windows are often the culprits. If you notice gaps or cracks around it, they need to be filled.
6. Check Proper Working Condition Of Carbon Monoxide Detector – During the winter season, one device that is of utmost importance is the carbon monoxide detector. If you don’t have it, you should seek its installation immediately. Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless gas. Whenever there is a leak and its concentration increases indoors, the detector will make the homeowner aware by sounding an alarm. As a part of preparing your heating system this fall, ensure a proper inspection of the carbon monoxide detector by a technician so that it is completely reliable and in perfect working condition.
Other Things To Take Care
Here are a few other things that will guarantee that your heating system is ready to take on the brunt of winters heads-on:
1. An inspection of the ducts will help identify any additional sources of leaks.
2. Good quality insulation should be used in the entire house and not just the living areas.
3. Check that all vents and registers are open. You may discover that unknowingly somebody has closed one or pushed some heavy furniture in front of it, completely blocking it.
Aztil Air Conditioning is always at your service to help make your home cozier this winter season. If you have still not scheduled the inspection and maintenance of your heating system, now is the time to contact us. We are open 24/7 and 365 days a year, so call us at any time to book an appointment. You can contact us at +1-888-729-8452. Also, along with maintenance, we take care of installations, replacements, and repairs of the heating and cooling system. Our technicians are complete professionals taking care of all COVID-19 precautions so that you and your family remain safe. Even during these adverse times, our commitment to your comfort and satisfaction remains paramount.