(KFVS) - Fall officially starts on Thursday, September 22. Is your home ready?
One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning offers some quick things you can do now to prepare:
- Replace your air filters. A clogged or dirty filter can make your system work harder, which uses more energy. It can also damage your system. Replace your filters once a month or as recommended by your system's manufacturer.
- Seal up leaks. Take a walk around your home to check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors. This could let the heat out and cold air in. Now is a good time to find these leaks and seal them up. In cooler climates consider a humidifier to make your home more pleasant in the fall and winter.
- Replace the batteries in your progammable thermostat to make sure it operates all season. Now is also a good time to consider upgrading your Wi-Fi thermostat, so you can control and monitor the temperature in your home, especially while you are away. Now is a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors too.
- Tidy up. During the warmer months, flammable materials like paint or cleaning supplies may have been placed near your heating systems. This could be a safety hazard. Clear the area around your furnace or heating system and make sure furniture and rugs are not blocking your vents and registers.
- Get a tune-up. We recommend having a professional clean and inspect your heating and cooling system twice a year. A professional can help maintain your system which can extend the product life and help reduce the frequency and severity of breakdowns.