01 Sep 2016
Fall is a great time to check off your home maintenance items. Although you probably still have your AC turned on, winter is right around the corner. If you’re not prepared, you and your family could be in for a very cold and uncomfortable season.
Fall temperatures can be extremely unpredictable; you may have the AC on one day and the furnace on the next. That’s why it’s important to make sure your entire system is in good working order and that your furnace will be there for you when you need it exclusively for the colder temperatures. Here are some ways to ensure you’ll have a warm and comfortable winter.
- Change your air filter: Ideally, your air filter should be changed every three months and this is something you can easily do yourself. If you have a home maintenance checklist (and you should!), make sure it’s included. Consider purchasing high-quality filters from your local home or hardware store; you’ll get much better efficiency and cleaner air. If you or someone in your home is an allergy sufferer, you may want to change your air filter monthly.
- Have your ducts cleaned: This isn’t something that you need to do every year, and if you have an air cleaner in your home, it may only be necessary once every few years. But if it’s been more than three years since you’ve had them cleaned, you really should get it done. It will cut down on the dust and debris that accumulate in your home and can make living with allergies a little bit easier. Once the ducts have been cleaned, consider investing in an air purifier. These can be purchased separately or attached to your furnace.
- Consider a professional inspection: If your furnace is less than two years old, you’re probably still covered under warranty. An inspection is recommended nonetheless, just to make sure that everything works well. If it’s older than two years, than you should definitely consider having a professional inspection. It’s also a good idea to sign up for a monthly maintenance plan. This can save you thousands of dollars in the long run and keep your furnace in good working condition all season.
- Consider upgrading your thermostat: Today’s ‘smart meters’ are technologically advanced and can save you plenty of money in the colder months. With a programmable thermostat, it’s much easier to manage the inside temperature when unpredictable weather patterns occur. If your budget allows, opt for one that automates both heating and cooling portions of your furnace so you don’t have to remember to switch it over manually. Some models can be programmed via a smartphone app!
- Check your outdoor landscaping: This is a good time to inspect your landscaping and trim hedges, grass around your AC unit. Get rid of any debris that may have built up over the summer and be careful not to dispose of grass clippings onto the unit itself. It’s also a good idea to put a cover over the unit before the cold weather hits.
With some preparation and planning, you can ensure that the fall and winter months will be comfortable and cozy. Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Riverton, NJ offers HVAC inspections and heating repair services. Call, contact, or visit our website to learn more about our heating system services.