Now is the time to start considering several home maintenance projects for your heating system, filtration, humidity control, and fireplace.
Here are several pro-tips to start working on during September and early October, to make sure your home is comfortable and your systems are working properly:
- Check your fireplace and make sure to schedule any necessary maintenance or cleaning. It is smart to check it for blockages, animal nests, and soot buildup to make sure you’re not going to get smoke and carbon monoxide buildup in your home during winter. It is also dangerous if there is a buildup of soot and creosote in your chimney — with the risk of the chimney catching fire if not maintained. If not properly maintained, a fireplace can be extremely dangerous!
- Test your furnace and make sure it’s igniting and operating normally. It’s better to do this in September or early October before the temps get too low and you are caught with no heat! Run the furnace at night for a couple of hours and see if it matches the temp set on your thermostat.
- One thing that often gets overlooked is the humidifier panel replacement. Oftentimes, these panels get clogged up with limescale and since it isn’t the main home filter, will get skipped. If this panel filter becomes clogged, it will reduce airflow across the panel and take much longer to humidify your home or possibly not at all. This is typically something that is easy to replace with basic mechanical knowledge. You can order a new one on our website or call/email if you need help ordering or info on this topic.
- Clean or replace the filters on your heat recovery unit. Most homes built within the past 20 years will have this exchange unit which brings in fresh air from outside and exchanges stale air from the home. Typically, it is best to clean or replace these filters once a year to get fresh air into the home and make sure your entire heating and cooling system is working as it should.
- Replace your home air filter. With each seasonal change, it’s a good time to replace your home air filter. If your filter is clogged or very dirty, it will affect the performance of your HVAC system — leading to increased costs, decreased efficiency, and will shorten overall life of your system. It can also be harmful to those with dust, pollen, and mold allergies to forget replacement. You can also purchase them on our website, with free shipping.
- Get a furnace inspection if you’re not sure it’s working properly, or if you need help with any of the topics above. You can call, email, or request service on our website. Again, it’s better to make sure your heating system is working properly while the weather is nice before you get caught in a “no heat” situation during the winter.