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3 Tips to Get Heaters Ready For Fall

Get Prepared For Cooler Temperatures 

The changing of seasons is an exciting time of year. The cooler weather brings with it the use of heaters which likely haven't been used since last winter. Homeowners can have peace of mind that their heating systems will run smoothly throughout the colder months of the year by getting a fall tune-up and using the following tips.

Maintaining the system also improves indoor air quality and prevents potential system breakdowns. In this blog post, HVAC experts share three tips for how homeowners can prepare their heating systems for the fall. Keeping up with maintenance can save homeowners a ton of money on utility bills and prevent unnecessary repairs. 

Schedule Maintenance

maintenanceHomeowners can start the season off right by scheduling a maintenance appointment for their heater with a qualified technician. During maintenance appointments, the technician will inspect the system for any potential problems and fix them before they get worse. Doing twice-yearly HVAC inspections, one for the AC in the spring and one for the heater in the fall helps to keep the home safe from emergencies and extends the system lifespan. Routine maintenance also keeps energy bills low by helping the system run smoothly and more efficiently. 

During tune-ups, technicians will be able to notice warning signs of a problem that homeowners may overlook and provide solutions. The technician will also safely clean the inside of the unit to remove any built-up dust and debris. Coils may need to be tended to promote efficient heating and cooling. They will also be able to fix any small problems, tighten loose parts, and replace worn-out valves during the tune-up. 

Replace Air Filters

filterOne easy yet important step homeowners can take to keep their heating and cooling system running smoothly is replacing the air filters on time. It’s recommended to replace air filters every 2-3 months. Homes with pets or smokers may need to change air filters more often. Changing the air filters at the start of fall can help to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergies for the rest of the season. 

An air filter is a mesh screen placed over the HVAC system's air intake to prevent airborne contaminants from getting sucked into the unit. Without a clean air filter, dust, hair, and debris can build up inside the system. Dirty air filters can lead to a spike in utility bills, inefficient performance, and poor indoor air quality. Leaving dirty air filters on a furnace can even cause the furnace to overheat, which is a fire hazard. 

Pay Attention to Energy Bills 

Monitoring energy usage helps homeowners to notice any sudden changes that could be warning signs of issues with the system. It is normal for utility bills to fluctuate slightly, but a sudden increase could indicate a problem with the HVAC system. Homeowners can consult a technician for personalized recommendations on reducing their heating and cooling spending. Lowering utility bills may require repair, but if nothing is wrong with the system, other options to reduce energy usage are available.  

Installing a smart thermostat is one way that homeowners can cut back on heating and cooling costs. Smart thermostats automatically adjust the settings to maximize energy efficiency. They also make it easy to monitor energy usage through a connected smartphone application. 

As the weather cools down, homeowners may want to start preparing for cold temperatures by weatherstripping doors and windows. Weatherstripping is a method for sealing the space around windows and doors to prevent heat loss. Preventing cold drafts and heat loss with weatherstripping can help homeowners lower heating and cooling costs as well. 

About Performance Based Heating & Air 

Performance Based Heating & Air goes above and beyond to meet the heating and cooling needs of Angels Camp, CA residents, and the surrounding areas. They offer flat-rate pricing, tailored options, and customer education. Call them today for heater repair and maintenance in Angels Camp, CA