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Tips For Maintaining Your Heating & Cooling Systems

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Fall is right around the corner and there is a lot to look forward too! As the temperature cools off, warm drinks and cozy sweaters are something to look forward to. The changing colours of the leaves also indicate that it is time to switch off your air conditioner and spark up the furnace!

Proper care of air conditioners and furnaces is very important. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to better heating and cooling performance in your home: 

Check Surroundings

Always make sure that your central air conditioning and heat pump systems, especially those located outdoors have unobstructed surroundings. It is important to review the surroundings every spring and fall because sometimes plants will grow and invade the spaces.  Take time to trim away any plant growth that could interfere with your systems, and give it a good cleaning while cleaning up the area.

Frequently Replace Filters

Clogged air filters can reduce airflow and therefore cause your heating and cooling systems to work harder and use more energy. Make sure you change your filters at least once a month to keep your unit in tip-top shape. As well, clear filters will help maintain better air quality in your home. Therefore, eliminating dust and reducing the amount of cleaning that needs to be done – who doesn’t love to hear that?!

Adjust the Thermostat

Give your heating and air conditioning units a break! Try to stay away from constantly fiddling with the thermostat and instead stick to a regular pattern. For example, turn the heat down when you’re sleeping or when everyone in your household is out during the day and then raise it in the morning and evening when people are around. Try to rely on your heating system less by putting on some extra layers of clothes or blankets. Putting on a sweater instead of pumping up the heat can save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Likewise, to help your cooling system out you can shut the blinds so less direct sunlight enters your home.  

Stay on Top of Service Calls

Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule professional maintenance for your heating and air conditioning systems. You would hate to come home after a brisk fall walk in the woods to find there is an issue with your heating system! This is why it is a great idea to plan ahead and get the most out of your service call before the technicians become too busy. While you have a technician around, you can always take the opportunity to ask them for advice on your heating and cooling needs.

Following these simple steps will help your heating and cooling systems work more efficiently, last longer, reduce costs and maximize their environmental performance. So, what are you waiting for? Start taking care of your heating and cooling systems today!

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