Summer is winding down, and the cold is on its way to the Kansas City area. It’s important that your home is ready for the cold weather, which for one thing means you need to make sure your home heating system is ready. Follow this fall heating checklist in preparing your home for the cold:
- Change your air filter regularly: It’s important to change your air filter at a minimum of once every three months. A good rule of thumb is to inspect the filter monthly and change it when it’s dirty. There are many reasons to change your air filter. Keeping a fresh air filter will help ensure your home has the best air quality and will also reduce the amount of work your heating system has to do, which will save you money both in utility bills and repair costs down the road.
- Expert HVAC checkup: Before it gets cold, have an HVAC expert do a pre-season checkup on your heating system. At minimum, the expert should do a safety check, examine the heating system and evaluate it’s efficiency. This is one thing you never want to skip each fall because HVAC technicians are trained to find any issues that may cause safety concerns to you and your family, and also to find ways to save you money.
- Programmable thermostat: Installing and programming a programmable thermostat will help you get the most out of your heating system. You can save a substantial amount of money on your heating (or cooling) throughout the year if you program your thermostat to turn down the heat (or cooling) when you’re not home or are sleeping.
- Seal your air leaks: Small air leaks may seem minor and insignificant, but just think about it: A good portion of that air that you paid to heat is rushing out of your house faster than you can pay for it. This means your heating system has to work even harder to keep the temperature where you want it. Sealing air leaks around windows and doors is a no-brainer.
Overland Park Heating & Cooling has been serving the Kansas City area’s heating and cooling needs for over 30 years, so please contact us for help with your fall heating checklist and getting your home ready for the cold.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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