It seems like the summer has flown by, and here we are once again starting a new school year. If you have kids in school or college, then you know all too well the busyness the school year brings. The weather is not the only thing that is starting to change. You have probably found yourself in a new routine, waking up earlier in the morning and up to your elbows in homework assignments and packed school lunches. Loveland Heating & Air understands all the chaos that ensues with a new school year and transition into the fall season, but we don’t want you to forget the importance of preparing your HVAC system for the back-to-school season as well! So, please join us as we comb through a short list of recommended preparations.
Did You Turn On Your Furnace Yet?
If you have not already utilized your furnace this season, you should check to make sure your furnace will turn on without issues. However, before you do, there are a few things we recommend doing beforehand:
- Be sure to wipe dust buildup or loose debris off your furnace before turning it on. It’s likely that dust and other particles accumulated on the surface of the unit over the spring and summertime.
- Don’t turn your furnace on with a very high setting straight away. It’s crucial to give your heating system time to acclimatize to the weather and your household temperatures. Simply choose a lower setting so your furnace can also transition into its intended purpose.
Did You Examine Your Thermostat Settings?
We are all familiar with how the weather here can flip-flop back and forth. Every day you never know whether you will be greeted by the sun or a cold chill. You probably had a specific temperature you used during the summer, but with the weather still fluctuating, you may not have settled on a new fall temperature that best suits your home yet. However, you will want to keep in mind that when the weather starts staying consistent, you will also want to reprogram your thermostat to a more fall-accommodating temperature. Doing this can keep your furnace from overexerting itself and can also aid in reducing energy consumption.
If you have a smart thermostat or programmable thermostat installed within your home, program your thermostat to adjust to a higher temperature when you set off with your new back-to-school routine and then have it set to lower back down for when everyone arrives home. Doing this is a great option to prolong your system’s lifespan and control its energy consumption. If you don’t already have an upgraded thermostat but are considering investing in one, there are several affordable options! Call us today for more information!
Did You Change Your Air Filter?
Don’t forget that a new school year indicates new germs and airborne bacteria. So, it is vital your HVAC system’s air filters are set up for success. Unfortunately, you cannot control the bacteria and viruses your children are exposed to when they are at school. Still, you can prevent these airborne infiltrators from invading your home further. Per industry standards, your air filters should be changed every 1-2 months. But with the start of the season, even if your system is not due for an air filter change, it’s not a bad idea to start the fall off with a fresh filter! In addition, if you would like an extra layer of protection, you should consider using a HEPA air filter, as they have a 99.97% known success rate of removing dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles infiltrating the air within your home. The last thing you want is to start the fall season with everyone affected by the fall germs and sicknesses that come along with the fall transition.
Did You Schedule Your Fall Tune-up & Safety Check?
Even if your furnace turns on without any problems, preventative maintenance is still a must! Therefore, scheduling your fall tune-up and safety check is so important. Your furnace hasn’t been in use for the past several months. So, you never know what underlying issues may have occurred during that timeframe. Additionally, your furnace is a complex form of machinery used to heat your entire home throughout the coldest months of the year. So, just like you regularly take your automobile to be checked and tuned up by a mechanic, you should do the same for your heating system. Luckily, all our technicians are NATE-certified and will ensure your furnace runs smoothly and is up to par with all current safety regulations. So, it’s a no-brainer that your fall tune-up is key to starting a successful school year and fall season!
At Loveland Heating & Air, we provide friendly and professional heating and cooling service to the surrounding area. If you have any questions or concerns, we’d be more than happy to assist you. Or perhaps you’d like to schedule your fall tune-up and safety check; if so, we can absolutely help you with whatever you need. So, call today at (513) 216-5913, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Oh, and before we forget, we wish you the smoothest, best school year for you and your family yet!