Though the temperatures have still been warm and comfortable, with October approaching, it is hard to not think about the start of the heating season this year. You may have some questions about what steps to take to get your home read to make the switch between heating and cooling. Here are 4 of the most important steps to ensure that your home is ready to go this fall and winter!
One of the most important things to do at the beginning of the heating season is to have your furnace inspected. This helps to make sure that everything is operating smoothly and safely. Also, having an annual furnace inspected prolongs the life of the unit and increases its efficiency. It is best to schedule a furnace inspection for a date before it gets too chilly, but don’t worry, if the temperatures drop-you can still turn on the furnace before the inspection.
Once the temperatures drop, it is important to turn the furnace on. In order to do that look on your thermostat for a switch that says: HEAT COOL OFF. Simply flip the switch to the HEAT position. Digital thermostats may have a button or option on the digital screen rather than a switch. Please keep in mind that if you have steam heat, or if you do not have air conditioning, your thermostat will not have this switch.
The next step will be getting your humidifier ready. Many forced air systems come with built in humidifiers, and it is important to make sure that they are cleaned for the season. This can be done on your own, or you can contact a professional. At Flame we are happy to help with this.
Once the humidifier is clean, you can turn it on using the humidistat. The humidistat is generally located on the ductwork but some newer heating and cooling systems have the humidistat located right on the thermostat. With the humidistat you can turn the humidifier on and set your preferred level of humidity.
Last, but not least, summer may be over, but you shouldn’t forget your air conditioner! There isn’t much to do with the air conditioner except find the electrical box located outside near the condenser unit. When you find it, pull the disconnect and flip the switch to OFF. This electrical box powers the heat for the oil in the condenser unit during the summer. It is not necessary during the winter, so you might as well as save some energy by turning it off.
One thing that you do not need to do with an air conditioner is put a cover on it this winter. This is because the air conditioner has moisture and condensation in it that needs to escape. A cover will not allow it to do so, which could cause moisture build up.
These are the 4 major steps to take when making the switch between cooling and heating. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact Flame!