September was crazy!  While hurricanes devastated the south, here in Illinois, we broke records with 7 days of 90-degree temps and above.  However, things seem to be getting back to “normal” and for us. It looks like autumn has finally arrived.  Days are getting shorter and the weather is becoming chillier. It will soon be time to fire up the furnace.

Most people wait until the “frost is on the pumpkin” before they think about their furnace.  When the weather gets colder, they flip the switch from “cool” to “heat” and assume the heat will operate as efficiently as it did several months ago.  However, this is not always the case, and preparing your furnace for the wintry weather before it hits could avoid the expense of an emergency visit from the furnace repairman … and make sure that your family stays warm and cozy, no matter how cold it gets.

Here are a few start-up tips you should consider before you need to fire up the furnace for the season.

Check the Filter

The filter has been accumulating all the dust and pollen from the summer.  A clean filter will help your furnace run at peak efficiency.  However, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a new filter. 

When it comes to furnace filters, the rule of thumb for many HVAC professionals is “the cheaper the better.” Check out the filters we recommend here.

Check the Thermostat

This one may be just fine after the heat wave we just had, most of us have had our air conditioning running for a while now, meaning the thermostat is operating.  However, it’s a good idea to do a quick check of the thermostat anyway.  Make sure the batteries are fresh. Flip the switch to “heat” and make sure the unit fires up and check that there is heat coming from the vents.

This is also a good time to consider replacing your old thermostat.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat it may be the time to consider having one installed. Programmable thermostats will save you money and keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

Maintenance Check

Scheduling an annual professional inspection of the furnace is recommended. Performing regular maintenance ensures safe and efficient operation of your system.  When your HVAC system is properly maintained it operates much more efficiently, reduces energy usage, and saves you money on utility bills.

If you have a new furnace, a regular professional maintenance tune-up is recommended by the manufacturer. It also keeps warranties valid.

Consider Replacement

If your furnace is 15 years or older it may be time to have a new unit installed.  Even if your furnace still seems to work well, an older furnace doesn’t run as efficiently as a newer unit.  In fact, ENERGY STAR qualified furnaces are 15% more efficient than an older conventional furnace. 

Our team can provide some excellent assistance when it comes to getting you ready for the cold weather ahead.  We have free estimates available and can help you assess what you need to do to get your furnace ready for its job this winter.

Check out our Specials and save on any repair, get a special discount on our furnace tune-ups and check out the current rebates for new furnaces and complete systems.  TR Miller associate are ready to help you and keep you and your family warm and toasty this winter!

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