It’s time to say goodbye to the hot weather. Some of you may begrudgingly grab your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent weeks trying to determine which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how fall makes you feel, it’s on its way—and winter is just around the corner. Central Heating & Plumbing has some tips for you that let you enjoy the fall and keep your house cozy until next spring. Along with booking your routine air conditioner service from Central Heating & Plumbing, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season.
Take Care of Your Air Filter.
Your AC worked hard for you through the hot New Castle months. Before you give your AC time off for the cooler months, check your air filter and change it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from traveling through your house as the seasons change.
Let Some Fresh Air In.
Now that the temperature is cooling off, open the windows and give your indoor air quality a boost. The air within your house can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this time to let in some fresh air before winter’s chill begins.
Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear.
Sometimes furniture gets rearranged as you transition from outdoor living in the summer to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Ensure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it more difficult for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed bump in your energy costs.
Check for Air Leaks.
The heat of summer can take a toll on weather-stripping. Check around your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and adding costs your heating bills. Prevent leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed.
Schedule a Furnace Checkup.
Once your AC is ready to step aside for the winter, it’s time to switch focus to your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Central Heating & Plumbing to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll ensure your furnace is clean and working smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also pinpoint and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is used consistently.
Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector.
Before heating season starts, test your carbon monoxide detector. It pays to be sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a brand new set of batteries installed.
Once this simple checklist is done, you can relax and take in all the beauty and fun that fall brings. Call Central Heating & Plumbing and we’ll take care of some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter confident about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 724-401-1843.