You might think it’s strange to concentrate on your furnace during the off-season, but by getting things done early, you can protect your home from wasted energy and so much else. What do we suggest you do? Start by following these simple tips:
Contact a Professional
You’re probably aware that you need to have your furnace serviced by an HVAC professional once per year. This will help keep up the system’s energy efficiency while prolonging its lifetime operating cost. The off-season is a great time to do this, because then you’ll be ready to go by the time winter arrives.
Upgrade Your System
Shopping around for a furnace during the off-season means you’ll have plenty of time to make a decision. Only pay attention to systems that are backed by Energy Star, and don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price. Sellers may just be willing to give you a good deal since they’re probably not expecting to sell too many furnaces during this time or year.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
There’s a reason why carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer.” Installing a detector is no longer a choice if you want to protect your home from potential gas leaks. Even if your furnace is running perfectly thanks to the aforementioned maintenance, you can never be too safe. Already have a CO detector? Then, the off-season is the perfect time to replace the batteries and use the unit’s testing option.
Clean Up the System
You might be surprised at how much debris finds itself into the interior of your furnace. Cleaning it out will ensure that air flow isn’t impeded, which will improve the system’s efficiency. You’ll want to check for burnt out wires, too, so before you begin, be sure to unplug the furnace to avoid any possible danger.
For more expert advice on how you can protect your home by maintaining your furnace in the off-season or if you have any other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at CCAC. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.
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