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.