Fall officially begins on September 22. Before you start looking through chili recipes and planning hay rides, you should give some attention to your HVAC system. After a long, hot, summer in Harford County, it probably needs it.
Here’s a quick checklist from One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning that you might want to run through to get your home and HVAC system ready for cooler weather.
1. 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.
2. Seal up air leaks.
Take a quick walk around your home to check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors that could let the heat out and cold air in. Use caulk to seal cracks, or repair or replace sealants that are not doing their job.
3. Replace the batteries in your programmable thermostat.
Now is also a good time to consider upgrading to a Wi-Fi thermostat, so you can control and monitor your home’s temperature even while you’re away. This is also a good time to
replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
4. Clear the area around your furnace and vents.
During the warmer months, flammable materials like paint or cleaning supplies may have been placed near your heating system. Also make sure furniture and rugs are not blocking your vents and registers.
5. Get a tune-up.
If you’re not already on the list to get an annual furnace maintenance visit, give us a call. We recommend having your heating and cooling system cleaned and inspected twice a year to avoid problems. The last thing you want is for your furnace to break down in the middle of a Maryland cold snap.
Call the experts at One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Aberdeen. We will make sure your system is working its best so you can stay cozy all through fall and winter.