People don’t often think about their plumbing until it’s not working. During the cold winter months, the odds of that happening increase dramatically. But taking care of your pipes, faucets, and more and keeping them more top of mind can prevent the worst from happening.
Try these seven ideas.
With cold temperatures and snow around the corner, your HVAC system will soon be working some overtime. But is it ready for the challenge? Tackle these four simple to-dos now to ensure a stress-free season.
1. Clean or Replace the Air Filter
Most disposable air filters are designed to last about three months max, so make the switch part of your winter (and summer) plans. Why? Dirty air filters not only don’t work as well at catching air pollutants like dust and pollen, but with less space for the air to flow through they can make your furnace actually run harder and longer than necessary. For the most efficient system, check your filter monthly.
2. Clean the Air Vents
Clean the other areas of your system as well, like the access vents. Use a vacuum attachment of dust clock to remove any grime, dust, or other dirt, and make sure the vent isn’t blocked by furniture or rugs. All this will help air flow better and prevent dirt and dust from entering your HVAC system and circulating around your home.
3. Update Your Thermostat
It’s time to set your plan for winter temperature control and energy efficiency. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you switch to the ideal winter schedule, setting the temperature cooler in the evening and while you are away from your home for work and school. It really works: according to the U.S.Department of Energy, you can save 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
4. Schedule an Inspection
The only thing worse than a broken heating system is when it’s broken on the coldest day of the year. Ensure you and your family will be safe and warm for the upcoming season by getting an
inspection now. A Madsen tech can check all the components of your furnace and suggest any maintenance or repairs you may need. Call us today to schedule your HVAC check.
Madsen, Inc. provides reliable, high-quality and expert service for Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Kitchen & Bath Design to Delaware County and the surrounding areas. For more
information give us a call at 610.356.4800 to see how we can help you.