HOW TO TAKE THE SCARE OUT OF FALL HVAC MAINTENANCE
By Brian Anderson
With Halloween coming up and the holidays right around the corner, it is an important time to prepare for the cold months ahead. The change in season is a good reminder to pay attention to your HVAC system which requires regular check-ups and maintenance to improve its life expectancy.
Here are five HVAC tips to take the fright out of your heating system and ensure you are ready for winter.
ADJUST YOUR CEILING FANS
If your home has ceiling fans, you should adjust them now so they rotate clockwise. Generally, this is as frightfully simple as flipping a switch on your fan. When you do, the ceiling fan will pull cool air up, creating a gentle updraft. That airflow will then push the warm air that naturally rises up to the ceiling back down toward the living space.
- Redistributes warm air and makes a room feel warmer and more comfortable
- Helps save up to 15% on your heating costs through the winter
- Reduces hazards and clutter caused by space heaters and heating blankets
CHECK YOUR FILTER
Replace those basic fiberglass filters every month. Extended-life filters can be changed every 60 to 90 days but check them every month. Vacuum off those monstrous dust and dirt particles from the intake side of the filter to extend their service life. Doing this simple task keeps your system running efficiently and reduces the horror of repair bills.
INVEST IN A HIGH-QUALITY HUMIDIFIER
As frost begins to appear on your pumpkin, the air here in Northern Virginia can become extremely dry. Keeping your home’s air at the right humidity throughout the winter months will save energy and reduce heating costs. That’s because humid air holds more heat, lessening the workload of your heater. TemperaturePro recommends keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 40 and 60%.
ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT
If you have a programmable thermostat, reprogram it to account for cooler weather. If you don’t have one, consider making the not-so-scary investment. Programmable thermostats can save you money on your energy bills.
SCHEDULE FALL HVAC MAINTENANCE
An HVAC maintenance tune-up is one of the best investments you can make to optimize efficiency, improve comfort and enhance indoor air quality. Don’t be afraid! Learn more about our professional heating system maintenance checks at TemperaturePro Northern Virginia. Call our team at 703-214-3110 to reserve an appointment for your fall maintenance as well as any HVAC repair or installation services you need.