Well, tomorrow is officially the first day of fall, and that means the day when we turn our furnace on is drawing near. Since you’ve been relying on your air conditioner for the past few months rather than your heater, it’s important to pay attention to your furnace well before you really need it to double check that it is still in good working order. Here are a few fall furnace maintenance tips we encourage you to use when you get started:
Turn it off: Most importantly, don’t begin any work until you turn off your furnace completely. If you aren’t sure where the switch to do so is located, check by the top of your basement stairs; if it isn’t there, start looking on the walls near the system. Then, head on over to your oil tank or gas pipe and turn off the fuel shutoff as well to ensure that your furnace isn’t being supplied with either of these products as you work.
Clean out the combustion chamber: Once you’re sure that your system is turned off, remove the door leading to your combustion chamber so that you have full access to it. Then, using a vacuum, suck up any dirt that has built up over time. As soon as you’re done, make sure to check for any holes that may have formed due to corrosion and seal if needed.
Change the air filter: We simply can’t say it enough – one of the most important parts of furnace maintenance is changing the air filter. Even though your furnace has been dormant for the past few months, it’s still a good idea to put in a fresh filter at the start of fall – you want your system to work as efficiently as it should, right?
Wipe down the pilot: Since the pilot is the part of your system that encourages heat to start flowing, you’ll want to make sure it isn’t covered with any dirt that could get in the way. Cleaning it is simple – just wipe off the dust until it is as good as new! If you need to get into tight spaces, the Family Handyman suggests using a straw to help.
Contact a professional: After you’ve completed the easier tasks, contact your local HVAC specialist to have professional maintenance performed. Though you may feel confident that you’ve done it all, only an expert can guarantee that your system is ready to go.
When you get to tip number 5, contact a professional, be sure to consider Airtech of Stamford if you’re located in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien or New Canaan, Connecticut. We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to help and would be more than willing to assist with your fall maintenance. To make an appointment with us, please call (203) 323-3959 today.
With Labor Day having passed, many of you may be getting into the mindset that summer is officially over. And even though we are still battling some high temperatures, soon enough it will be time to prep our homes for the fall.
That being said, if you have a window air conditioner at home, you may be starting to think about taking it out. Here are step-by-step instructions you can use when doing so:
- Power down your unit and unplug it. If your wiring is quite lengthy, you may want to find a way to tighten things up so that it doesn’t get caught during the rest of the process.
- Place a towel or other protective covering on the floor under the unit to catch any water that drips out.
- Assuming you have secured the air conditioner to the window with screws, take them out and slide in your unit’s accordian side panel/side curtain and frame.
- Grab the air conditioner firmly from behind, then have a buddy lift the window. As the air conditioner is no longer held in by the window, be prepared for it to tilt or move a little.
- Remove the unit from the window and place it on the towel below to allow any extra water to leave the system.
When it comes to conserving energy, it’s only natural to think that you must turn off major appliances such as your air conditioner. However, did you know that you can save this important resource even when your cooling unit is on? With help from Apartment Therapy, we’ve put together the following list of tips to help you reduce your energy use despite your system being put to work:
Have you ever had your A/C running for hours on end only to realize that the air wasn’t keeping your room cool? If so, we know just how frustrating and even alarming this can be. However, just because your home hasn’t reached desired temps doesn’t mean that your system is on the fritz – it could simply just be a sign that there are cracks that need to be sealed.
- Inspect all windows and doors for signs of cracks where air may be leaking from. If any are present, add caulk or weatherstripping where necessary.
- Check any visible insulation for dirty spots – this could be a sign of air leaks and mold. Should leaks have formed, seal them by using a low-expansion spray or install house flashing if needed.
- Similar to the way you looked for dirty spots in your insulation, check for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet too. When this is evident, there may be air leaks where your walls meet your ceilings and floors. Once again, this requires caulking!
- If your kitchen has an exhaust fan, cover it when it isn’t needed to prevent cool air from slipping through the cracks.
- Install foam gaskets behind your home’s outlets and switch plates. Though these are a small feature of the home, they can cause leaks in a big way!
Just like your air filters need changing, your air conditioner’s condenser coils need cleaning. As part of an intricate system that works to maintain the temperature of your home, it’s important to pay just as much attention to this component in order to keep everything running smoothly.