Is Your Heating System Ready for Winter?

Nobody wants to think about their home’s heating system when it’s still relatively warm outside, but winter is just around the corner. Getting it tuned up now will ensure that your heating system is ready to work smoothly when the colder temperatures move in.

A check-up should consists of the following steps:

  • Check that the thermostat is operating properly
  • Change disposable filters or clean washable filters
  • Check all electrical components and controls
  • Oil the motors as needed
  • Inspect heat exchanger for possible cracks – this is an important step to prevent carbon monoxide leaks into your living space
  • Check air flows to make sure the evaporator coil doesn’t need cleaning
  • Check air fuel where appropriate

Additionally, to ensure safety and proper operation, we recommend you follow these simple tips:

  • Before turning on your unit for the first time, make sure nothing flammable has been stored next to it over the summer
  • Run your heater for a few minutes before you actually need it. If you wait until the first cold morning to discover your system needs repair, will land you at the bottom of a long waiting list
  • Change or wash your filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow, reducing efficiency and may cause the heat exchanger to overheat
  • Ensure the thermostat is set in the heating mode. Just setting the dial above room temperature will not activate the heat if still set in the air conditioning mode

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Hair-Raising Dust Mites, Mold and Bacteria Are Invading Your Home…

Mold, bacteria, dust mites and other creepy allergens could be invading your home and causing real nightmares. Fight the real boogieman this Halloween

Mold – Is a fungus that can cause major damage to your property and serious health problems for you and your loved ones. Disease may result from allergic sensitivity to mold spores. An effect from ingested or inhaled toxic compounds produced by mold.

Dust Mites – Live on human habitation and feed on organic debris like sheds of human skin. Dust mites are a common cause of Asthma and allergic reactions like wheezing that result from potent digestive enzymes that persist in their feces

Bacteria – is a major cause of respiratory ailments of humans, causing allergies, asthma, and pathogenic infections of the respiratory tract. Symptoms include inflammation in the nose, throat, sinuses and lungs.

One of the simplest yet most effective things you can do is to change your air filter regularly. A fresh filter will help you maintain cleaner air quality and help protect your loved ones from creepy unwelcomed nightmares.

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Fall Allergies

Wonder why your allergies are kicking in this late in the year? Fall allergy triggers are different, but they can cause just as many symptoms as spring. The biggest factors are ragweed, mold and dust mites.

Ragweed starts releasing pollen in late August and can last through October. Even if ragweed doesn’t grow where you live, winds help the pollen travel hundreds of miles.

Mold can grow in any damp areas in or around your home. Whether from excess rains or a pile of damp leaves, the fall season can see an increase in conditions that are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Dust mites build up during the humid summer months but can get stirred back into the air the first time you turn on your heat in the fall.

Symptoms to Look Out For…

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes

How to Prevent/ Manage Symptoms

  • Check pollen counts in your area and try to stay indoors – with the doors and windows closed – when pollen is at its peak.
  • Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don’t breathe in mold spores.
  • Mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over summer so clean them before turning on your heating system for the first time
  • Change your air filter. A fresh filter will help your heating and cooling system run smoother and will eliminate mold, dust mites and allergens in the air
  • If necessary, use a humidifier to keep air humidity between 35% and 50%

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Fall Is Home Maintenance Season: Prepare Your Home for Winter

Fall is an ideal time to get your home ready for the winter months ahead. Take advantage of the moderate temperatures to…

  • Inspect and repair any damages to your home’s interior and exteriors
  • Apply weather stripping to windows and doors
  • Clean out gutters
  • Change out batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have your heating system checked by a licensed contractor
  • Order new furnace filters

Heating can amount to almost 50% of your total energy consumption during winter so make sure your furnace is in optimal working condition. A new filter will not only help your furnace run smoother but also consume less energy to help keep these costs down.

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