In Wisconsin, we’re in that time of year when it’s not warm enough for the A/C but not cool enough to turn on the furnace. At New Berlin Heating & Air Conditioning, we call that “fall furnace checklist” time. Our pros are here to help you get ready for colder temps with the five simple tips below (and if you’re ready for number five, give us a call now at 262-784-8889).
1. Replace Your Air Filter
Clean air filters help catch harmful airborne pollutants like dust and dirt, preventing them from circulating and making you sick. In general, we recommend replacing standard one-inch filters once every one to three months to ensure their effectiveness. Changing your air filters regularly is as simple as it is powerful, and doing it ahead of heating season can help you get a jump on keeping your indoor air clean and healthy.
2. Rotating Your Ceiling Fan Clockwise
When your fan blades run clockwise, they pull cool air upward while pushing warmer air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, back down to you. This is a great way to keep warm air moving through your house without having to adjust your thermostat (or add to your energy bills). Just be sure to clean those blades before you turn on the fan—or you may have to deal with dust flying all over the place.
3. Open All Vents and Ducts in the House
To maximize your furnace’s energy efficiency, make sure every vent and duct in the house is open and unblocked. Your heating system is sized specifically to heat your entire home, so if you close off a room, your unit will work extra hard to heat it. That added stress can lead to system breakdowns and repairs down the road.
4. Consider Installing a Humidifier or Other Air Quality Products
Adding indoor air quality systems to your home not only keeps you more comfortable but can also improve your health. For example, a whole-home humidifier can help solve problems associated with dry air, like dry and itchy skin, by adding moisture back into the air. Other solutions, such as air purifiers, can help eliminate airborne contaminants that get stuck inside your home during the winter.
5. Schedule Routine Furnace Maintenance
What is furnace maintenance? It’s like a doctor’s appointment for your furnace. Our experts examine every working part inside your system to make sure it operates like it’s supposed to. If we find any potential problems, we fix them right away, helping you avoid costly repairs down the road. When we’re done, it’ll be like you have a brand-new furnace—one that is as energy efficient as possible.
Let New Berlin Help You Cross These off Your Fall Furnace Checklist
From cleaning and tuning your furnace to recommending the perfect air quality system, the pros at New Berlin Heating are here to help. Call us today at 262-784-8889 for friendly, knowledgeable service.