This month is National Preparedness Month, and that means it’s time to prepare your South Jersey home for the unpredictable with Heating Specialties. Fall is almost here, and cooler temperatures will be creeping in before you know it. Check off the items on this fall HVAC maintenance checklist to prepare your home and keep your family comfortable.
Check your air filter
The No. 1 DIY method to keep your HVAC unit running correctly is to check the filter. Set a reminder to take a look at your filter every month, even more often with winter’s extended use. If it has significant dust or debris on it, swap it for a new one. We typically recommend replacing the filter every 30 days. Purchasing high-quality filters that fit appropriately in your machine will help it run smoothly, too.
Schedule a fall furnace tune-up
Keeping up with regular maintenance for your furnace will help extend its life and save you money in the long run. Schedule a tune-up with our experts at Heating Specialties so we can make sure everything on the unit is running accurately before it gets colder. We are happy to provide 24/7 emergency service if a breakdown occurs, but you can help prevent those repairs with frequent maintenance.
Inspect the heat exchanger
Your furnace’s heat exchanger can produce carbon monoxide, an odorless but poisonous gas, if it is not working properly. Work with a professional HVAC contractor to ensure that your unit and its heat exchanger are in top shape to keep your family safe. Experiencing shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms could mean there is carbon monoxide in the air. Your home should always have a carbon monoxide detector, especially in the winter, so be sure that it is working properly as well.
Keep an eye on utility bills
As you switch your home’s system from cool to heat, you will likely notice that your gas bill rises a bit when using a gas furnace or boiler. If you use a heat pump, your energy source may range between other sources. However, if you notice your utility bills rising higher than in past seasons, there may be a problem with your heating unit. Heating Specialties can service the full range of New Jersey heating units, so give us a call to inspect your unit if you notice a spike in your utilities this fall.