In Fort Worth, it may not feel like fall just yet, but cooler days are right around the corner. In Texas, it seems to switch from sweltering humidity to freezing winter temperatures almost overnight. Get your home ready for the cool days ahead with these tips.
Change Air Filters
The most important thing you can do to improve energy efficiency and extend the life of your heating and cooling system is to replace filters regularly. Pet hair, dust, and debris build up and make your system work harder to provide the same amount of heating and cooling. Set an alarm on your cell phone to change filters every 30 to 90 days.
When fall leaves start to change, make sure yard debris doesn’t clog your outside unit. Brush away buildup on the unit’s exterior and use a water hose to clean what’s inside. Check air intakes inside your home to clear them of any obstructions.
Test Your Furnace
The first cool morning, switch your furnace on and listen for strange noises. See how long it takes to reach the desired temperature and shut off.
During cooler months, make your heating system more efficient by using ceiling fans to circulate air that rises to the ceiling. Set them to rotate clockwise when viewed from the ground.
Consider Thermostat Replacement
Smart thermostats can save you a significant amount of money throughout the year. Program each of your home’s zones to use energy only when needed.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
If you’ve had your heating and cooling system installed in the last few years, the manufacturer may require preventive maintenance to honor the warranty. If you haven’t had your annual maintenance performed, now is a good time to call an expert.
A professional HVAC contractor can clean and inspect your heating system to improve efficiency and make sure it’s ready for the cold months ahead. Contact the experts at Hawk Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. to schedule an appointment today – Dallas Ft. Worth is no place to be without the number of an experienced HVAC team.