Fall Furnace Tips for 2018
At We Care Plumbing, Heating, Air, and Solar we care deeply about our customers.
We care about the comfort of the families we serve but more importantly we care about their safety. It has been said that the time to think about putting on your seatbelt is before an accident, not after. The same can be said about thinking about the proper maintenance of your furnace and heating system. The time to think about furnace maintenance is before the fall and winter months bring cold conditions where you are likely to run your heating system. One of the main reasons for this is that many people will overlook potential red flags when their family is cold, and they need to warm up, whereas the same red flags can be addressed without inconvenience if they are spotted before a cold snap sweeps Southern California. That being the case here are some recommendations to keep your family safe and comfortable this fall.
1. Change all of your air filters on a regular basis. This is advice that you have heard us bring up before, but it is critically important and bears repeating. Changing your air filters is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase the efficiency, longevity, and safety of your home’s vital HVAC systems. By changing your filters every 1-2 months, you can reduce the number of particulates and dust that can build up over time. The small particulates can accumulate on heating elements which can create a hazard if not dealt with.
2. Clean your air vents before starting your heating system for the first time in a given year. Dust, debris, and particulates build up rapidly in the summer months when you are running your HVAC system to cool your home. By checking your vents and removing dust and debris, you can ensure that your system is getting the proper airflow needed to work properly. Keeping ducts clean can also help reduce potential respiratory irritants in your home’s air which is critical for those with asthma or are prone to seasonal allergies.
3. Get a furnace tune-up and safety check before the cold forces you to use your furnace with your family in the home. By getting a tune-up and safety inspection, you will be able to run your heating system with confidence when the weather changes. A furnace 20-point safety inspection from We Care will ensure that you don’t have potential fire or carbon monoxide hazards lurking in your attic or garage.
4. Check all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure a full a battery and proper function. Having working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is an essential component to keeping your home and family safe. Not only can a smoke/carbon monoxide detector help alert your family to fire dangers but also the unseen hazards that are posed by carbon monoxide from various sources in your home or garage. With more and more cars offering remote start it is critically important to have working carbon monoxide detectors which can alert you if a vehicle is inadvertently auto-started while in the garage, which can create a hazard in the home as well over time.
We hope these tips have been helpful and we wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable fall. We Care has also reduced the price of our $149 heating tune-up and safety check to $49 to help your family be prepared for fall when it arrives later this month.