Getting your HVAC ready for Winter

It is still warm out this year and you are not thinking of cooler temperatures, but now is the time to start preparing your heater for winter.  You do not want to get a blast of cold air when you turn it on for the first time this season or worse yet, nothing at all!  Better yet, a HVAC that works efficiently will 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 October to ensure your HVAC system is operating efficiently throughout winter:
Change the Air Filter and Clean the Vents
One of the easiest and often most ignored thing 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 out the air vents. This keeps them clean and allows warm air to flow freely, easing temperature regulation throughout the home.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
The right temperature inside a home depends largely on who is there at the time.  When no people are at home, the right temperature can be significantly lower than a conventional “comfortable” temperature.  A programmable thermostat can solve this issue, so you do not have to think about it, save money on energy and ensure you are coming home to a comfortable house.
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%!
Call Family Air today for your inspection and recommendations.  We guarantee our work and the warranty on the equipment we install.  Schedule an appointment at 520-399-5850.

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