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Be Ready For Winter

Oct 11,2017 Blog

It’s hard to believe that Summer 2017 has come and gone here in the Miami-Valley/Dayton area.  It’s now October with Winter not far away.

It’s time to start thinking about packing up the summer stuff and getting ready for bonfires, football and hot cocoa. Also time to start buttoning up the summer HVAC system and prepping the furnace for its job ahead. Also don’t forget about the plumbing items too. Here are 8 things you should do this October to finish off summer and prepare for winter.

  1. Change the air filter. Give your furnace a fresh start. Even though you may still be running the AC here and there while the dog days of summer stick around, it’s a good idea to pop in a new, fresh filter. The filter should be changed monthly
  2. Clear the area. During the summer weeds or other foliage may have grown around the unit, clearing this away from the area along with any grass clipping or leaves are a good idea.  This debris can attract bugs or ants or other critters looking to hunker down in the cooler weather.  If you are still using your AC during the warmer days, the debris could be a fire hazard. Clearing the area will keep you safe.
  3. Adjust the thermostat. With the kids back at school the house may now be empty all day, and evenings tend to get a bit cooler.  It usually isn’t necessary to keep the same settings you had in July.  Set the temperatures to comfortable settings that make sense with the outside temps at different times of the day.
  4. Get a professional furnace evaluation. If your system is older, you remodeled, added on, or you bought a new home, it may be a good idea to have a professional HVAC technician come and evaluate whether you need an updated system.  If a new system is necessary it will likely save you quite a bit in utility costs and will ensure that you have proper heating and ventilation for your home.
  5. Schedule a Fall furnace tune up- Now is the time to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead – and winter tends to feel pretty darn long.  A professional tune-up will make sure the unit is clean and running properly. It will also give you piece of mind that you and your family are safe and comfortable.  A technician will calibrate the thermostat, inspect the system and clean it, test the airflow, measure the motor voltages and tighten any electrical connections.  A tune-up will ensure the furnace runs properly and safely.  A yearly tune-up will also keep your warranty valid if you have a newer system.
  6. Remember to disconnect your hoses from the hose bib starting on Halloween. This can turn into a costly mistake if the line freezes and floods your home.
  7. Get your water heater checked. Every household uses more hot water in the winter than in the summer. If you think about where you set your shower in the summer compared to the winter this will make more sense. By getting it checked out or a tune up you will have peace of mind that the chances of you waking up to a flooded house is a lot less.
  8. If you are planning on taking a vacation during the winter or you are a snowbird, you need to take every step to prevent water damage to your home. Most people think that if they leave their furnace on they don’t have to worry. We can show or tell you how to protect your home and valuable from a water pipe leaking. Give us a call.

Summer is over and Fall is here in the Miami Valley/Dayton area.  Before the cold weather sets in, make sure your HVAC system is running properly. Stay warm and save money this winter!

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