The summer is finally starting to wind down, and even though the daytime temperatures are just as hot as ever, many homeowners are starting to think about what they need to do to before turning on the furnace. And nope, it isn't too early to start thinking about this -- in fact, getting your HVAC system up and running now, before you're even thinking about turning on your heat, is the best way to make sure that everything is running smoothly (and if something needs to be fixed, you have plenty of time to look up your local HVAC repair services and get the problem solved). So what exactly should you be checking for now?
First, it’s a good idea to make sure that there are no leaks in any ducts. If your home is like most modern homes, and you already have an air conditioning unit built into your house, you’re probably saying that you would have noticed if there was a duct leak. But a surprising number of homeowners don’t realize that they’re paying to cool off the neighbor’s backyard – it’s actually quite common for a small tear to go unnoticed. And when a leak can sap anywhere between 20% and 40% of the energy out of a well-operating system, it’s definitely better to be safe rather than sorry.
It’s also the perfect time to make sure that your thermostat is working properly. A thermostat with pre-programmed settings can actually save a lot of money; on average, homeowners have lowered their energy bills by about $180 by switching from manual control to an automatic programmed setting.
And most importantly, having a clean and well-lubricated furnace will ensure that your house remains as energy-efficient as possible, and keeping your heating and air conditioning unit clean will keep your family healthy. Especially if you don't have a central air system (or you don't regularly use it), you'll want to make sure that all of the parts have been cleaned and are in working condition -- and if something looks fishy, you shouldn't hesitate to call your local residential HVAC repair service to take a look. Remember -- there are many household tasks that are do-it-yourself tasks, but when it comes to heating and air units, you can never be too proactive or too concerned with getting repairs done quickly and efficiently.