Preparing Your Home for the Fall

It may not feel like it yet, but soon the warm summer temperatures will give way to cooler days and even colder nights. Nobody likes to think about what the cold weather has to bring, but it really is a good idea to start early and be prepared.

We’ve put together a few things to consider as you prepare for the transition in seasons.

Things You Can Do

Use your ceiling fan. As you use your air conditioner less, consider making use of the ceiling fans while you’re in a room that has one. They can help to make a room feel cooler on milder days and can help you save a significant amount of money when you use a fan instead of running your air conditioner.

Get a tune-up on your furnace. Like your car, your furnace needs seasonal tune-ups to help you avoid sometimes expensive and unexpected repairs, as well as help ensure the unit is operating safely. Tune-ups help your furnace run more efficiently, too, and that helps you save energy and cut down on costs. Consider a tune-up now – before the busy season hits.

Clear the area around your furnace. Before you begin to use your furnace, make sure that the surrounding area is clear of stored chemicals, boxes, clothing, newspapers, etc. Furnaces require fresh air to run properly and efficiently. The same rules apply if your home is heated with a heat pump. Be sure weeds, bushes, leaves, and other debris are cleared away from the unit.

Switch to a programmable thermostat. When compared to summer temperatures, the cost of heating your home can sometimes seem unreasonably high. Installing a programmable thermostat can help. These thermostats help you regulate the temperature inside your home by automatically adjusting to fit the required comfort levels throughout the day as well as on different days of the week. This means you’re only running your unit when you need to.  

Install a carbon monoxide detector. Especially if you have an oil or gas furnace in your home, having carbon monoxide detectors can be life saving. It is best to install them in the hallway near sleeping areas and in spaces where they are not obstructed by furniture or curtains. If you already have detectors installed in your home and they are battery operated, make sure you replace the batteries at least once a year.

Are you looking towards fall and need a little help preparing your home? Contact your One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning expert today.

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