With school back in session and the weather starting to get cooler, there is no question that fall is on its way. When the season changes, there are certain tasks that homeowners need to complete to make sure they are comfortable, safe and that they don’t spend too much on heating costs throughout the cooler months.
When you employ these HVAC tips and take the time to maintain your furnace now, you will be able to have peace of mind that your Overland Park or Olathe KS home will remain safe and cozy throughout the cold part of the year.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
You should have your Olathe heating and cooling system checked two times a year. Once in the spring, before the heat of summer arrives and one time in the fall, before winter. Your heating system, such as a fireplace or furnace, that is not checked out regularly, may become inefficient and dangerous. Also, the older your heating system is, the more important it is to schedule regular tune ups to keep it working properly. There are some manufacturers that even require these tune-ups to keep the warranty for the system intact.
When you schedule service during the interim seasons, your system will be able to stand up to the day to day usage needed to keep your family and home comfortable, even when temperatures become extreme outside.
DIY Maintenance for Your Furnace
In addition to calling the professionals for maintenance at least once a year, there is also some DIY maintenance you should take care of on your own.
- Clean or change your air filter every 30 to 60 days. You should never wait more than 90 days to replace the filter. A clean air filter will help improve energy efficiency and airflow, while helping to clean the air inside your home.
- Keep your registers and vents open and free from obstructions. If you close the registers and vents, it can result in buildup in the ducts, which may result in inefficiencies and duct leaks.
- Seal any cracks or gaps around windows and doors. You can save money on rising energy costs during the colder months of the year by sealing the spaces around windows and doors.
DIY Furnace Safety
The top danger in a failing heating system is if a carbon monoxide leak develops. This is another reason it is so important to schedule maintenance early. To make sure you don’t suffer any harm, do the following:
- Install a quality carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.
- Keep at least three feet of clearance around your fireplace, furnace or other heat sources.
- Be sure that there is nothing that is combustible within six inches of the ventilation pipe.
- Don’t ever store gas, glue, chemicals, paint or another type of combustible material near your furnace.
By investing in professional furnace maintenance and using the tips highlighted here, you can feel confident that you, your family and your home will remain cozy and safe during the fall and winter.