Oct 01 , 2018
It still may be warm out, but now is the time to start preparing your heater for winter so you don’t get a cold blast of air when you turn it on or worse yet, nothing at all! By checking your heating unit before cold weather sets in you will have peace of mind that everything is working properly and help lower your energy bills since heating your home and producing hot water are generally the largest energy expenses for a homeowner.
We recommend you complete these tips in the fall to ensure your HVAC system is operating efficiently throughout winter.
Change the Air Filter and Clean the Vents
One of the easiest and most important things you can do is change the air filter every month or at least every 3 months. The same day the filter is replaced is also a good time to vacuum off the air vents. This keeps them clean and allows warm air to flow freely, easing temperature regulation throughout the home.
Have Your HVAC Inspected
Having your HVAC system serviced annually ensures it runs properly. Homeowners should have the system inspected in the fall to best prepare it for the demands of winter.
If Your System is more than 10 Years Old, Replace It
Replacing the home’s HVAC system is an expensive proposition, but if your system is old and inefficient, the added comfort and financial benefits of a new system can be very beneficial. If your system is more than 10 years old, ask a service technician’s opinion on the longevity of your system. Replacing it with a new high-efficiency model could reduce your home’s annual energy bill by as much as 20% to 40%!
Install a Programmable Thermostat
The right temperature inside a home depends largely on who is there at the time, and when no one is in the home, the right temperature can be significantly lower than a conventional “living area” temperature. A programmable thermostat can solve this problem so you don’t have to think about it and ensure you are coming home to a comfortable house.