After a long, hot summer we’ve reached that time of year where we see how long we can go before turning on our furnace. For most of us in the Haverhill area, we’ve have already reached that point. Switching your thermostat over from “cool” to “heat” is a good sign it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service.
Aside from calling your comfort team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, there are some things you can check to help ensure your furnace is running smoothly this season.
- Check Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter is a simple part of maintenance that is easy to forget. A dirty air filter restricts your system’s air flow, reduces efficiency and could cause your furnace to stop running without warning. The frequency that you have to change your filter will vary depending on your lifestyle and system. An easy way to check if it’s time to change your filter is to hold it up to a light. If you can’t see any light coming through, it’s time for a replacement.
- Check Your Thermostat
This may sound silly, but trust us it has happened to the best of us, but make sure that your thermostat is seat to heat and not cool. It could save you a service call. Another common thermostat problem is dead batteries. Think about the last time you changed the batteries and if you can’t remember the last time it’s probably time to switch those out.
- Check Your Vents
Although it sounds good in theory, closing off vents in unused rooms does not save on energy costs. If you have closed vents this will actually put an unnecessary strain on your system. Your home’s interior walls are not insulated so the temperature in rooms with closed vents will leak into other rooms in your house, which means your furnace has to work harder to keep up. This causes an increase in your utility bills and a decrease in the life of your system.
These simple checks, along with keeping up with your annual furnace service should save you a lot of headaches down the road and keep you comfortable no matter what sort of weather mother nature throws at Haverhill this winter. The experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill will help keep your system running smoothly and your home feeling cozy all season long. If you have any questions or need to schedule your annual furnace service give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.