As you say goodbye to the summer, you should start thinking about all the things you’ll do in your home that’ll require your utmost comfort. If you can’t think of anything, then you probably don’t spend much time in it. However, if the first thought that came to mind was everything, then it’s high time for you to make some improvements that’ll pay off big when it gets cold outside. Here are some things we think you should tackle first when making fall HVAC improvements.
The cold winds are coming, and the last place you want them to be is inside of your home. Invest in some quality curtains that are attractive enough to enhance your view and thick enough to block drafts. Don’t forget that any draperies you purchase should be easy to care for as well. Remember all curtains and draperies are not made the same, and they don’t have the same cleaning requirements.
Window treatments and curtains are an easy way to upgrade your windows look. But double panes or higher will help to keep you warm and comfortable all throughout the cold months. If your windows are on the old and outdated side, then you should think about upgrading them so you can enjoy their energy efficiency.
If for some reason you decide to hold off on replacing your windows, make sure you inspect the caulk and sealing on them. If you see chips and cracks, be sure to add some more caulk and sealant to them. If you don’t feel like doing that, just remember to use some tape to cover your windows in plastic before the temperatures get too low.
Your furnace has been off for several months this year. Although it seemed to be in good working condition last winter, you should still contact your local HVAC professional and make an appointment for them to come out and service your heating and cooling system. While they are checking to ensure proper function and efficiency, you can ask them questions about things you can do to maintain its health.
Learn the location of your furnace’s filter and blower motor. Their location is important for you to know so you can clean them out as often as needed. Sometimes dirt and dust accumulate in those areas and make it harder for the heating system to work as well as it should. Keep in mind that the filter should be replaced once a month if you have pets and less frequently if you don’t.
Your attic and basement are two places where drafts are common. In the case of your attic, you should check the insulation. If it looks and feels thin in different areas or it’s been a long time since you’ve had it installed, you should get it redone. A poorly insulated attic means higher energy bills and trouble establishing your comfort without playing the thermostat. If you’re not sure about your attic insulation, hire a credible contractor to come out and assess it.
Dirty ducts mean allergies, respiratory issues, and poor air quality. Do yourself a favor and talk to your fall HVAC service provider about getting them cleaned. Clean ducts mean less dust and dirt circulating in your ducts, heating and cooling system and home.
Don’t wait until the season is completely over before you make some fall HVAC improvements that will increase your comfort tremendously and reduce your energy expenses for the rest of the year. For more fall HVAC improvement advice, contact PJ’s HVAC by dialing 615-645-3233.