Preparing Your HVAC For Fall

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It’s almost fall here in Northern Colorado, and the introduction of pumpkin spice lattes into your diet won’t be the only change taking place. When we think of fall, we typically think of Halloween, leaves changing colors, and the impending cold weather. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to keep our homes nice and warm from the start of fall all the way through winter? Far too often, homeowners wait until the last minute to get their heaters repaired, but here at Buckhorn Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend getting started as soon as possible while the weather is still warm. Keep reading to learn about a few helpful fall HVAC tips and give us a call if you need furnace repairs or replacement.

Keep Changing Your Filters

We’ve probably reminded you of this a million times by now, but it’s important: Your air filter doesn’t just remove allergens and other harmful contaminants from the air, it ensures your furnace is running smoothly through fall and winter.

Maintain Weatherstripping

Oftentimes, homeowners forget that half the battle when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system and staying warm during the fall is keeping your home in good condition. You can run your furnace full blast all day, but if your home isn’t airtight, you’re not doing yourself any good.

Cook More

Fall is the perfect time of year to stay in and cook your meals rather than going out. Not only does cooking in your home give off heat and prevent you from reaching for the thermostat, you won’t have to go outside into the cold to get food. It’s a win-win situation, and your furnace will thank you, too!

Install A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are ideal for anyone who loves saving money on their energy bills and who hates constantly fidgeting with a dial to keep their home at the right temperature. With a programmable thermostat, your furnace will only turn on when you’re home so there’s no chance of it being left on while you’re at work, running up for energy bills.

Use Natural Lighting

During the summer, you probably try to leave the curtains closed as often as possible to prevent it from getting too hot. In the fall, you should be doing the opposite. Keep your blinds open and try to use as much natural lighting as possible.

Seal Your Ductwork

Having ductwork that is clean, airtight, and efficient is an important part of saving money on your energy bills. If you have an 80 percent efficiency furnace that has 10 percent duct leakage, this means your furnace has the equivalent of a 70 percent efficiency furnace. By simply calling an HVAC specialist at Buckhorn Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you optimize your ductwork and have a more energy-efficient home this fall and winter.

Contact Buckhorn Heating & Air Conditioning

As your Top Rated Local® heating and air conditioning company in Northern Colorado, we are committed to keeping you covered through fall and winter. We understand that furnace breakdowns can often occur at the most inconvenient times, so we’re here to eliminate that stress and provide you with timely furnace repairs and even complete system replacements. Give us a call today to learn more.

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