Getting Your HVAC System Ready for Cooler Weather
No matter what kind of HVAC system you have—whether it’s a heat pump or a forced air system—it’s important to schedule HVAC service before cooler weather arrives. At Blue Flame, we specialize in AC and heater service as well as AC and heater repair in Seattle. Read below to find out why you should prepare your HVAC system for cooler weather.
Schedule a Heating System Inspection
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that homeowners have their furnace checked before the arrival of cold weather. This way if your furnace is malfunctioning, you can repair it before you need indoor heating.
At Blue Flame, we can professionally inspect your heater and perform any heating repair necessary to ensure your unit is efficient and reliable before heating season. We will inspect the blower belt for cracks and replace it if there are any to prevent furnace failure during heating season.
Replace the Air Filter
The air filter in your furnace should be replaced before the arrival of cooler weather. After that the filter should be replaced every month so that your indoor air is clean and your heater performs at optimal efficiency. We recommend upgrading the filter if your current filter is a flat filter. A pleated filter, electrostatic filter, or HEPA filter will improve the energy efficiency of your furnace while effectively cleaning the air.
Clean the Air Vents and Ducts
Remove the vent covers with a screwdriver and use your vacuum’s extension hose to remove dust. For a more thorough cleaning, call Blue Flame of Seattle and schedule a professional duct cleaning service for you.
Install and Use a Programmable thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, ask your heater repair company to install one for you. The Consumer Energy Center estimates that homeowners can save 20 to 75 percent on furnace-operating costs by using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat may even increase the value of your home.