Many people are eagerly awaiting the arrival of fall. Take the following steps to prepare for the change in weather, as doing so will protect the home and household systems from damage.
Have the HVAC Unit Serviced
Contact Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating & Air for a maintenance call. Air conditioners often work nonstop during the hot months. This maintenance visit allows the technician to examine the unit and find problems in the early stages. In addition, they can take steps to improve the performance of the unit. This visit will help the homeowner save money and reduce the risk of the unit breaking down.
Ask the technician if they will clean the outdoor compressor during this visit. The unit must remain clean and free of debris to operate properly and reduce the need for a heater repair or an air conditioner repair. Dirt and trash may make their way into the unit’s fins and compromise its efficiency. This cleaning removes the debris to ensure optimal performance.
When the technician arrives at the home, ask them about other steps that can be taken to increase the efficiency of the unit. They can make recommendations on which filters to use, how often to service the unit, and more.
Reconfigure the Thermostat
Many homeowners today invest in a programmable thermostat. This thermostat allows them to raise or lower the temperature in the home when they will be gone for several hours. They then set the thermostat to raise or lower the temperature in the home shortly before they return.
This saves the homeowner money. However, many people forget to reconfigure the thermostat when the seasons change. As a result, the thermostat forces the HVAC system to work harder than it needs to.
Many homeowners set a consistent temperature for all hours they are home. Consider lowering the thermostat when the family is sleeping. Add more blankets to beds to keep family members warm without spending more than is needed to heat the home.
Program the thermostat to raise the temperature in the house an hour before everyone wakes up. The house should be warm when people are up and moving around. When they aren’t home or sleeping, however, there is no need to keep the home at the same temperature.
Weatherstripping needs to be replaced from time to time. As with insulation, weatherstripping plays a key role in how hard the HVAC unit must work to condition the air in the home. The addition of weatherstripping reduces air leaks in the home.
In addition to reducing the work of the HVAC unit, weatherstripping helps to increase the comfort of the home’s occupants. The indoor air is also healthier to breathe. Weatherstripping combined with caulking produces the best results, and homeowners see a quick return on their investment.
Weatherstripping is used for those household components that move, such as doors and windows. Caulk, in contrast, is used on stationary parts of the home where air may leak in or out.
Never put off HVAC maintenance and repair tasks. Doing so can be costly. By taking these steps, a homeowner prepares the HVAC unit and the home for fall and sleeps in peace at night knowing this is one less thing they must worry about.
Accurate Electric Plumbing Heating and Air Story
I started working in the electrical field in 1989 and quickly realized customer service wasn’t a priority for most companies in the industry. I wanted to change this and provide dependable and affordable electrical services. Over the years, the company has grown and we now offer electrical, HVAC, and plumbing services to ensure customers have quality service at affordable prices for all their systems.