It’s hard to believe that Summer 2017 has come and gone. It’s now September with Fall just around the corner and Winter not far behind.
It’s time to start thinking about packing up the summer stuff and getting ready for bonfires, football and hot cocoa.
It’s also time to start buttoning up the summer HVAC system and prepping the furnace for its job ahead. Here are 6 things you should do this September to finish off summer and prepare for winter.
- Change the air filter. Give your furnace a fresh start. Even though you may still be running the AC here and there while the dog days of summer stick around, it’s a good idea to pop in a new, fresh filter.
- Get a professional end-of-season AC tune-up. While you can do a lot on your own to wind down your AC system, it’s a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician out to preop the unit for winter. This is especially important if you neglected to get a tune-up before summer started. A tech can also make sure nothing is leaking and discourage mildew from forming or stop a small problem before it becomes a large problem.
- Clear the area. During the summer weeds or other foliage may have grown around the unit, clearing this away from the area along with any grass clipping or leaves is a good idea. This debris can attract bugs or ants or other critters looking to hunker down in the cooler weather. If you are still using your AC during the warmer days, the debris could be a fire hazard. Clearing the area will keep you safe.
- Adjust the thermostat. With the kids back at school the house may now be empty all day, and evenings tend to get a bit cooler. It usually isn’t necessary to keep the same settings you had in July. Set the temperatures to comfortable settings that make sense with the outside temps at different times of the day. You don’t need to cool a house when no one is in it all day.
- Get a professional furnace evaluation. If your system is older, you remodeled, added on, or you bought a new home, it may be a good idea to have a professional HVAC tech come and evaluate whether you need an updated system. If a new system is necessary it will likely save you quite a bit in utility costs and will ensure that you have proper heating and ventilation for your home.
- Schedule a Fall furnace tune– Now is the time to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead – and winter tends to be pretty darn long. A professional tune-up will make sure the unit is clean and running properly. A technician will calibrate the thermostat, inspect the system and clean it, test the airflow, measure the motor voltages and tighten any electrical connections. A tune-up will ensure the furnace runs properly and safely. A yearly tune-up will also keep your warranty valid if you have a newer system.
Summer is almost over and Fall will be here very soon. Before the cold weather sets in, make sure your HVAC system is running properly. Stay warm and save money this winter!