Summer 2020 is almost behind us and its time for the fall and winter months to come rolling in. The colder months inevitably mean it is time to get your furnace ready to heat your home this winter. Prepping the HVAC system for the winter can help to keep your heating and cooling costs under control, and will assist in expanding the lifespan of your furnace. Here are some things you can do to help prepare your furnace for use this winter:
- Change air filters monthly. Air filters are the first line of defense for the furnace. Replacing the furnace monthly is vital to reducing strain on the fan and motor pushing the warm air throughout the home. Air filters also help to reduce problems with dust and allergens that can lead to respiratory issues.
- Clean around the air conditioner. It is important to clean around the air conditioner unit outside to get rid of any leaves that might cause mildew problems. Keeping the exterior unit clean will reduce problems for the fan blades and the overall functionality of the way the air conditioner works. We recommend covering your air conditioner for the winter to keep it protected against the colder elements.
- Set the thermostat correctly. Rocky Mountain Power and Dominion Energy are currently providing homeowners with incentives for those willing to replace thermostats with new energy efficient models. Turn the thermostat down and open the windows to cool your home this fall. When the evenings get cooler, its easier to maintain the temperature without the need for the air conditioner. If there are times when people will not be home, adjust the thermostat so you aren’t wasting extra money on heating and cooling the home.
- Hire professionals for professional tune-ups. Genuine Comfort specializes in HVAC tune-ups. Our experts can evaluate the condition of your existing air conditioner and furnace to make sure they are both working effectively. Anyone who has recently purchased a new home should hire professionals to come and evaluate the HVAC system to check for signs of wear and tear and concerns that need to be addressed. Tune-ups are designed to adjust the little things that need to be fixed to maintain proper energy-efficiency. Our experts will calibrate the thermostat, inspect the system, test airflow, check electrical connections, and more. We look for any signs of wear and tear and let you know if there are things that may need to be replaced in the future.
Call Genuine Comfort Heating and Cooling today to schedule your fall tune-up!