Right now is one of the busiest seasons for the heating and air conditioning professionals, and consumers should be aware of certain safety measures and energy-efficient tips as they transition from hot summer months to cooler temperatures this fall. For a safe and comfortable fall season, follow the tips provided below.
1. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed. The state of California has recently passed an act requiring all residences to have a detector, it can save you from odorless gasses emitted from furnaces, fireplaces, stoves and other gas-fired appliances.
2. Check your insulation to ensure air/heat is not leaking out of your home, which can cause your system to run unnecessarily and cost you more money.
3. Change your filters and get your ducts cleaned, especially with the Santa Ana winds upon us. It is important to remove extra debris and other fire irritants. The photo below is a perfect example of what your ducts may look like if they have not been cleaned. Changing your filter can slow down the dirt and debris build up and takes only minutes when done by a professional.
4. Change the batteries in your thermostat. After running hard all summer, consumers often think they have appliance issues when they simply have to change batteries for accurate temperature reads.
5. One of the easiest heating tips when the weather cools down: On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.
6. Set your ceiling fan in the reverse position, on low. When radiant heat enters your home from the windows aimed upward, the fan will help circulate warm air all around the room.
Find a trusted heating and air conditioning company to help with any safety or energy concerns you may have as you transition into the cooler months. When dealing with electricity and gas, it is always best to call a professional. Follow these maintenances tips and you’ll keep your system running efficiently, and at the lowest cost throughout the fall season.
By: Colin Martodam, general manager of ARS, a residential heating and air conditioning company.