Now is the time to say goodbye to summer. Some of you may begrudgingly dig your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to determine which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you approach fall, it’s here—and winter is right behind. Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating has several tips for you that let you enjoy the fall and keep your home cozy until next spring. Along with booking your regular air conditioner service from Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season.
Take Care of Your Air Filter.
Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Pella months. Before you give your AC time off for the cooler season, check your air filter and exchange it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your indoor space as the seasons change.
Let Some Fresh Air In.
Now that the temps are decreasing, open the windows and improve your indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this opportunity to get some fresh air before winter’s chill begins.
Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear.
Sometimes furniture gets rearranged as you switch from outdoor living in the summer to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Make sure none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it harder for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed increase in your energy costs.
Check for Air Leaks.
The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Look around your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and adding costs your heating bills. Prevent leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed.
Schedule a Furnace Checkup.
Once your AC is ready to take a break, it’s time to switch focus to your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating to perform preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll ensure your furnace is clean and working smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also detect and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is working full-time.
Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector.
Before heating season starts, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is worth it to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a brand new set of batteries installed.
Once this simple checklist is done, you can sit back and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Contact Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating and we’ll handle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter confident about staying warm and cozy. You can contact us at 641-628-3621.