Leaves are changing color and the Fall Season is now in full swing. With cooler temperatures outside, you will want to be sure your home is comfortable and cozy. Follow these tips below to ensure your home is prepared for the cold months ahead.
Schedule a Fall Tune-Up
Annual maintenance is highly advised by John Lock Air Conditioning and Heating, and required by most equipment manufacturers. Why is this so important? According to Lennox, consider the following:
“You wouldn’t buy a brand new car and expect to never put air in the tires, change the oil, and check out any unusual noises, would you? In the same way that an automobile requires periodic maintenance for optimal performance, a home comfort system should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.”
Fall is the most ideal time to schedule a HVAC maintenance check. Waiting too long is a risk and your system may not function properly when you decide to fire up the heat for the first time of the year. A Fall tune-up ensures your heating system is clean and ready to operate at maximum efficiency when winter weather takes over Western New York.
Let the Sunshine in your Home
The sun is capable of heating up your home even when it’s freezing outside. By leaving your curtains open and letting the sunshine in, you can help your home naturally feel warmer. This is free heat and you might as well use it to your advantage! At night, once the sun goes down, close those curtains up to keep the heat from escaping through the windows.
Be Conscious of Ways to Save Energy
In order to avoid running up your energy and electric bill during the Fall and Winter months, there are simple things you can do to cut back on overspending. First and foremost, turn off lights when you leave a room. This may seem like common sense, but people forget to do this very frequently. It’s especially important to turn the lights off in all rooms when you leave the house for an extended period of time. Leaving lights on for hours on end can skyrocket your electric bill!
In addition, keep your fireplace damper closed tightly unless a fire is burning. If you make the mistake of leaving the damper open during the winter, warm air can easily escape your home right up the chimney. You may want to consider investing in a fireplace balloon or chimney plug for an even tighter seal when your fireplace is not in use.
Reduce Drafts in your Home
Nothing is worse than coming inside after freezing outside just to still be cold in your own home. Drafts are common in homes during the Fall and Winter months and they can make for a chilly and uncomfortable home. So, how can you prevent drafts from occurring? The most effective solutions is to check your windows and doors for air leaks and If you find cracks – fill them with caulk. Other effective methods to reduce drafts include: investing in heavy curtains and door / window snakes. You could also try replacing windows, especially in older homes that are much more prone to drafts. If you don’t have the budget for this, you could also try a plastic winter insulation kit (available at most hardware stores) or weather-stripping material.
Winter is coming: Make sure your hearing system is ready. Our skilled technicians at John Lock Air Conditioning & Heating go the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are met through a well-serviced HVAC system. Stay warm and cozy this Fall / Winter and schedule a furnace maintenance and tune-up today at 716-894-6400.
Article adapted from: https://www.lennox.com/lennox-life/comfort-matters/tips-maintenance/prepare-your-home-for-a-cozy-and-comfortable-fall