While we are only just now starting to see the effects of fall here in Chattanooga, the cooler chill in the air is a reminder that those cold days are just around the corner. Before you know it, it will be time to turn on the heat for the season. It’s important to prepare your HVAC unit before the cold air hits to ensure it is operational, energy-efficient, and most of all, safe.
At Action Air, we work hard to ensure that your HVAC unit is working at its best all year long. From protecting your unit with regular AC maintenance, to making emergency AC repairs, to improving your indoor air quality, we have the AC services to keep your unit running at its best!
☑ Tip 1: Check Your Furnace Filter
A dirty furnace filter minimizes the air flow that your heating system needs to operate efficiently. Check the furnace filters every month and regularly replace them (every 30-90 days.) Checking less frequently may be an option depending on what type of furnace filter you have. During your next heating company furnace maintenance service, ask your HVAC technician if another type of air filter might be a better choice for your home.
If you need to change your furnace filter in between annual furnace cleanings, try to stock up on furnace filters during the off season to save money.
☑ Tip 2: Keep Furnace Area Clean
Remove items stored close to the furnace or boiler, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Also, move any items blocking your air duct registers or vents. Proper airflow is imperative to ensuring your home maintains a comfortable temperature and your heating equipment isn’t working harder than it has to. Plus, decluttering just makes you feel better!
☑ Tip 3: Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms
Winter means we close up the door and windows for months to come. There’s no more important time to ensure your home is free of carbon monoxide leaks and has a fully functioning smoke alarm in the event of a fire. Regardless of the type of heating system you have or which local HVAC company you hire, this should be a standard checkpoint included in your annual furnace maintenance visit.
☑ Tip 4: Shut Down Your AC System
Saying hello to winter means saying goodbye to your air conditioning system. Shutting down your central air conditioning system properly and making sure the outdoor condenser unit is protected from the outdoor elements with an AC mesh cover is imperative to preserving your air conditioning equipment for next year.
☑ Tip 5: Switch Your Fan Directions
This tip is not related to your home heating system, but Action Air is always looking for easy ways to save our customers money – we think this one is really helpful: Switch ceiling fans to the reverse or clockwise position, so they blow warm air down to the floor instead of sucking it upward away from you. It seems like a solution too simple to be overly effective; but you wouldn’t believe the difference.
Concerned Your Home Is Not Winter Weather Ready?
If you’re not 100% convinced that your home is not winter weather ready, now is the best time to check before the weather gets cold! Click Here or give us a call at (423) 842-5575 to schedule your fall hvac tune-up.