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4 Steps to Take Before Turning On the Heat this Fall

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
Thermostat on wall by door | Edwards Heating & Air

Fall is a time of many changes, including the changing weather. With colder temperatures on the way, homeowners must make sure their furnace system is functioning efficiently.  HVAC maintenance is the best way to check your gas furnace for any problems before getting into the extremely cold weather. There are a few other steps you can take to get the most efficiency out of your furnace.

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

The most important thing you can do to prep your system for the coming weather is to have HVAC maintenance performed on your gas furnace.  Homeowners need to conduct annual preventive maintenance checks for issues that can be present or escalate into bigger problems in the future.  Maintenance will also prevent continued furnace repairs from happening.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

One of the best ways to get the most out of your gas furnace is to invest in a programmable thermostat.  You can control your home’s temperature for any season and at any time of day or night with a programmable thermostat.  A quality thermostat can ensure not only savings on your monthly energy bill, but can also increase the lifespan of your furnace.  Certain programmable thermostat models even alert you when your filter needs changed.  If your home isn’t maintaining an even temperature throughout and you have a programmable thermostat, you might need a furnace repair call to diagnose any bigger problems.

Air Filter Cleaning

Before turning on your furnace this fall, make sure the air filter is properly cleaned or replaced.  A clogged or damaged filter can force a gas furnace to work longer and harder to maintain adequate heating in your home.  This can lead to more breakdowns in the future and increased furnace repair costs.

Fan Direction

Most people think ceiling fans only help push cool air around during the hot seasons.  Ceiling fans can be reversed to pull the warm air up and distribute the air throughout your home.  Warm air moved throughout your home evenly allows your thermostat to take accurate readings and keeps your system running smoothly.

Don’t wait until the cold weather starts in!  Call Edwards Heating & Air if you are ready to have your furnace maintained or to have future furnace repairs.  We have NATE-certified technicians ready to help residents in and around the Acworth and Atlanta area.