As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves change color, it’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming colder months. Here’s your mandatory fall checklist to ensure your home Centennial heating system is ready to keep you warm and comfortable:
- Contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your heating system. They will check for any issues, clean and tune it up, ensuring it runs efficiently throughout the winter.
- Dirty filters are a big part of proper HVAC and furnace maintenance and can reduce your heating system’s efficiency. Replace or clean filters as needed to maintain good airflow and air quality.
- Inspect doors and windows for drafts. Seal any gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
- If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to optimize heating during waking hours and lower temperatures when you’re asleep or away from home. This can save on energy costs.
- If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, ensure the chimney and flue are clean and free of debris or obstructions. This is essential for safe operation.
- If you use heating oil or propane, make sure you have an adequate supply to last through the winter. Prices can fluctuate, so buying ahead can save you money.
- Last but definitely not least, make sure to check the carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries if necessary to protect against this odorless, dangerous gas.