As a homeowner, it's always beneficial to think ahead. That's why it's time to create a fall heating checklist now to make sure you're prepared when winter arrives. Here are tasks that should be completed by the beginning of the heating season.
Just tick these off as you complete them:
- Inspect your air filter—If your system's air filter has become dirty, make sure you switch it out. The general rule of thumb is to replace it every three months, but you may need to change it sooner if dust or dirt is visible.
- Install a programmable thermostat—A programmable thermostat will avoid unnecessary use of your heating equipment. Not only will this help your system to last longer, you'll save money as well. In many municipalities, a programmable thermostat is now required by building code.
- Seal your ducts—Air leakage accounts for a large amount of energy waste in many homes. One big problem can be holes and tears that have developed in your ducts. Plus, it's very possible that unfiltered air will spill back into your home's air before it can be treated, which can create a health hazard.
- Check insulation—Adding insulation in areas where it's lacking can help keep your energy usage under better control.
- Install Energy Star appliances—To ensure the best energy efficiency for your home, only use heating equipment that's backed by Energy Star. The initial cost may be more, but the energy savings over the coming years will be great.
- Schedule a professional to tune-up your heating unit—A trained and NATE certified technician brings not only experience to the task of cleaning, adjusting and checking the performance of you home heating system. To do the job right today requires sophisticated tools and meters to make the correct adjustments and to verify proper operation. A properly equipped technician can improve performance by as much as 30% according to Energy Star.
The Importance of Professional Assistance
When making plans for an upcoming season, it's always a good idea to give a trusted HVAC professional a call. You can only go so far when it comes to evaluating your equipment for its efficiency, longevity and effectiveness. An HVAC technician can conduct a tune-up of your system and determine if any maintenance needs to be completed to avoid problems in the future.
For more expert advice on creating a fall heating checklist, or for any questions related to home comfort, feel free to contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been serving the HVAC needs of the greater Cleveland area since 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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