The first day of fall has finally hit, the kids are back in school, and it’s almost time to start celebrating the holidays with friends and family. While some of us are mourning the loss of summer, others are getting excited for spending days inside by the fire, catching up on our favorite TV shows, and entertaining guests. Winter, especially here in the northeast, means snow, slush, and months of cold weather. The last thing we all want to experience during the winter is a major HVAC or plumbing blowout, and the second-to-last thing we want is an outrageous heating bill each month. Below, we’ve offered some steps you can take today to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the winter and that your monthly bills are staying low.
CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTERS
Filters build up a lot of dirt and dust throughout the year, making it harder for air to pass through. The air that does pass can carry excess dust and particles that were not properly caught by the filter, which can be especially detrimental to your health during the winter months. Changing your air filter is a good first step in preparing your home for winter. Many homeowners believe they need a full heating and air conditioning repair, only to find out they simply needed a new air filter.
SEAL UP WINDOWS AND DOORS
If you feel like your heater is constantly running and your home never quite reaches optimal temperatures, take a look at your windows and doors. It’s possible that your warm air is being sucked right out of the house, and cold air is flowing in. While it may seem like a tiny leak won’t make much of a difference, and amount of cold air entering your house is going to make it less efficient. Use caulk to seal up any air leaks around windows and utilize weather stripping to ensure that your doors are air-tight as well.
USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
Everyone runs their thermostat differently. Perhaps you’re the type of person that blasts the heater when you’re cold and shut it off once the house has warmed up – but this isn’t very efficient and you might regret it once your heating bill shows up. The best way to avoid running to the thermostat every time a slight chill sets in is to use a programmable thermostat. The Department Of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to about 68 degrees during the winter while you are home, and turning it down a few degrees when you leave for work or go to bed. This will keep your heater working steadily and might even save you some money each month.
SCHEDULE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
At Medford Wellington, we are dedicated to your comfort and can make service calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, if there is a way to prevent a midnight call on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm, that would benefit everybody. The best way to prevent unexpected malfunctions and a total furnace repair is to get a pre-winter tuneup for your HVAC system. Faulty furnaces can cause dangerous carbon monoxide leaks, lead to frozen and bursting pipes, and cause stressful situations for you and your family. Getting a quick tune up can help to spot warning signs before they become catastrophic problems. Contact your HVAC and plumbing professionals at Medford Wellington today to schedule a furnace service, install a programmable thermostat, and fix any problems before winter hits.