Fall is officially here in Wood Dale, Illinois and temperatures are dropping fast! But before you flip the switch on your heating system to take the edge off that chill, be sure your system is ready to roll with this fall heating checklist! Now, you may ask, why bother? Our specialists have a few reasons:
- Your system may be inoperable. Odds are, it’s been months since your furnace, heat pump or boiler has been active. In that time, something very well could have gone wrong. Finding out BEFORE winter sets in and you need a heating system to stay comfortable is best
- Reduced stress. If you leave repairs and maintenance to the last minute, you’re going to feel the pressure. Maybe not now, while we’re in the crisp 70s pattern, but a month from now, you may feel differently.
- Proper care boots efficiency. Ensuring all systems are up to par has a major impact on the efficiency of your system, both in energy use, and how well it heats. To get the most out of your system this season, a check up is mandatory
So, to avoid catastrophe and to ensure you get the most from your heating system, be sure to perform this check on your furnace!
Fall Heating Checklist
- Clean or replace filters: If your system uses filters, clean, or replace them before kicking your machine on this fall. Filters are necessary for adequate airflow, and are responsible for keeping the air quality in your home up to snuff.
- Check all external parts: Have a look around at all exposed parts, ductwork, and electronics for damage. Any obvious dings, cracks, or ruptures should be properly diagnosed and handled immediately.
- Check all electrical connections: Plus and connections should be checked and tightened if necessary to ensure your furnace runs smoothly, and to avoid potential system damage.
- Clean your machine: Furnace, heat pump, boiler, whatever it is, be sure you pop open the chambers (WHILE THE SYSTEM IS OFF) and give it a good scrub. Dust and debris can build up in your system and cause a heck of a lot of trouble. A sturdy wire brush and a shop vac can do wonders here. Just don’t scratch anything important.
- Schedule a professional inspection/maintenance: There are a lot of things you can do to be sure your heating system is ready to take on the world, but honestly, there are a lot of complex bits and pieces. To be sure your system gets the attention it needs to perform at it’s best, be sure to have a professional come by and do a full check up. For best results, this should be done AT LEAST yearly.
- Think about lost air: The better your home is sealed, less air loss you will suffer. If you feel confident enough, walk around your house and inspect cracks that you can caulk. Follow these steps to check for leaking air:
- Turn off furnace
- Close all doors and windows
- Shut off all fans
- Dampen your hand and test for a draft
- Alternatively, light an incense stick and see if smoke is sucked in or blown out
- Reset your thermostat: Temperatures are changing all over the place outside, which means so should the temperatures inside to keep you comfortable. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one for energy savings.
- Add insulation: Your insulation might be fine, but if its a little sparse in the attic, you may want to consider blowing some extra insulation to fill gaps and cover nooks and crannies. This will help with air loss.
Stay ahead of weather in Wood Dale with the help of Air Time Heating and Cooling! Our professionals are equipped and ready to handle your every heating and plumbing need. Contact us today to learn more about our fall maintenance services!