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Say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to Firing Up the Furnace

Sep 28, 2021 01:49PM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Foley’s Heating & Air Conditioning 

Not be the bearer of less than good news, but winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your home is ready for the cooler temps and that largely means assessing and addressing possible issues with your HVAC system. Before the frost sets in, you will want to tend to any repair needs, get your air ducts cleaned, and even check insulation, especially if that is something you have not done in your current home. Once temperatures drop to near freezing or below, you do not want to suddenly discover your furnace is unable to keep your house warm and your pipes from freezing.  

  • Schedule maintenance: It is important to schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC system and fall is the perfect time to do it. HVAC professionals tend to be at their busiest during the summer and winter months, so you will find it is much easier to get an appointment this time of year. If you haven’t already scheduled maintenance in 2021, make sure that you do so before the year draws to a close. 

  • Broken record time: Replace air filters! Doing so not only helps to keep your home more comfortable, but it also helps your system to run more efficiently. It can also go a long way towards improving the indoor air quality of your home. 

  • Change direction of ceiling fans: Did you know you are able to reverse their direction in order to keep your home warm? As heat rises during the cooler months, ceiling fans rotating counterclockwise can help to push warm air down towards the living areas of your home. 

  • Assess for energy deficits: Did you feel as though your air conditioning was not keeping your home as cool as possible this summer? There may be an energy deficit. A home energy audit can help you to determine where improvements can be made in order to keep your HVAC system operating at maximum efficiency and your home as warm and cozy as possible this fall and winter.