Winter is Around the Corner, Be Ready!

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Winter is on its way to us here in the Pacific Northwest, but we still have the fall season to get through first.

The weather and temperatures in the fall are hard to predict in the Northwest.  Some years are warm and mild, and you can wear shorts until late October.  Others years you are bundled up by a fire in September.

While it may seem like no big deal, these dramatic temperature differences can wreak havoc on your furnace, especially if you expect to run it at full blast during the very first cold spell after sitting all summer. 

To help us all out here’s some helpful advice that we got from our Grandparents: 

  1. Be prepared
  2. Never put off until tomorrow what you can still get done today
  3. Always wear clean underwear :)

To get yourself prepared below are six quick tips:

Air flow & Filters

The easiest thing for most homeowners to do is to replace your air filter. Replacing the filter removes the dirt, dust, pollen, and molds that had accumulated in your system all summer long (longer if you can't remember when your filter was replaced last). 

If you are not sure which filter to use give us a call and we can help you out. Good airflow is not only crucial to your home's comfort it is critical for your HVAC system to stay healthy to help with this be sure to keep all your vents open so heat and air can circulate properly throughout your home when running your system.

Vents

Remove, dust, and wash the vents in your home. If you have forced air system, then be sure to clean the intake vent as well.

While your vents are removed, take a look at the duct work. If it has hair, dust, legos, loose change, it is time to clean those as well. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment but be delicate. You don't want to damage the duct work. If you would prefer to have your entire home's duct system cleaned, you can schedule this with us here. {Link to form with duct cleaning as subject}

Outside

If you have a heat pump or A/C unit, you should visually inspect them for damage like bent cooling fins, leaks, and excessive dirt. To clean the unit, start by turning them off. Then using a garden hose without the spray nozzle; rinse out all the dirt, leaves, and twigs that have accumulated over the spring and summer. During your clean up if you find any signs of damage, contact us.

Safety

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, odorless gas.  If you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, check to make sure that the batteries are working at the start of each season. If you don't have one, they are inexpensive and easy to install. Do your household a favor and install one.

Home Maintenance

In addition to HVAC maintenance now's the perfect time to check the windows and doors around your home. Seal any air leaks and eliminate drafts that enter your home. Caulking and weather stripping are inexpensive and easy to install materials that will help you reduce your energy bills and assist your furnace with keeping your home cozy.

Call in the Professionals

We can perform almost all the above system checks and an extensive list of others tasks to ensure that your HVAC system is running at its peak performance this fall and winter. Contact us today.