Though the Halloween costumes are hitting the stores and pumpkin flavored everything is here, it’s still hot in Texas. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for the first real cold front of the season. Here are a few tips to start getting your home ready for fall and cooler weather.
Prepare Your Heater
Have you ever woken up shivering, turned on your heater, and suddenly your home smells like burning rubber or plastic? You may have even set off the fire alarm. This is a fairly regular occurrence and the smell should go away after a short while. However, if it persists, you may have a problem with your furnace. If you smell smoke, electrical burning, or other unusual smells, it’s best to have your furnace check out by a professional HVAC technician.
Make sure your heater is ready for the first cold snap of the season. Be sure to check and replace all your air filters and open up any closed vents. Another way to help warm (and cool!) your home is to reverse your ceiling fan. Most people think of using a ceiling fan to cool a room. However, your fan can also be used to circulate warm air throughout a room. Your fan probably has a switch that will reverse its spin direction. If not, you may need to get a ladder and screwdriver to flip your fan blades over.
Keep The Warm Air In
To save energy and money on your heating bill, check for cracks and gaps where air can leak out of your home. Have you ever sat near a window in the winter and noticed a draft? Look carefully around doors and windows, and use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any openings. You might also consider having your air ducts checked for proper insulation and sealing. They’re easy to forget about, but you can lose a lot of air through poorly maintained ductwork. Save some money this season and keep that warm air inside where you want it!
Get your home ready for fall. If you need heater repair, furnace maintenance or duct cleaning in Fort Worth, TX before the cold weather hits, give Arctic Air Conditioning a call today at (817) 834-2829.