What You Can Do This Fall to Get Your Furnace Winter Ready

Follow these six tips to help make sure your furnace is ready for winter.

1.Tune up before you turn on.

Every year before turning on your heating system a check-up should be performed by a professional.

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2.Change your air filters.

Homeowners should do this every 30 days or once a quarter depending on the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your heating system.

3.Check your thermostat.

Turn it on to test it. If it’s been working all through A/C season it will most likely continue to work when you change over to heating. 

4.Clean your air ducts.

If your air filters get dirty quickly, if someone in your home has a compromised immune system or if you’ve recently finished a large remodeling project, you might want to have your ducts cleaned. Otherwise, once you turn on the heating system, dust or debris in the ducts will blow around.

5.If the furnace is more than 20 years old, it might be time to buy a new one.

Age is just one factor among many when it comes to the decision to buy a new furnace. Homeowners should also consider how many repairs the system has already needed and their cost, how much future repairs might cost and how long you plan to remain in your home.

6.Consider and annual maintenance program for your unit.

If your furnace is getting up there in age, having regular cleanings can help to extend the life of your equipment.  Atlas Butler offers several maintenance plan options.

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Tips on How To Warm Up Cold Basements

Basements can be tough to keep warm. Warm air rises and the insulation of the ground on three or four sides of a home keep the space MUCH cooler. Adding return air vents can help the balance of air flow however it likely will not help increase the basement temperature and can also detract from the effectiveness of cooling the upstairs of the house.

The best thing to do is to ensure the joints are sealed properly and insulate the exposed pipes in the basement to make sure as much cool air as possible goes upstairs. Another option is to add a small electric heater in the space. This is recommended in cooler months so as not to detract from cooling the rest of the house in warmer months.