When you think of California, the last thing you picture is harsh winters. But with our coldest month coming around the corner, it’s a good idea to take advantage of this mild weather to get some maintenance done around the home. Not only will checking these off your list keep you and your family warm but it’ll also help you save on your heating bill. So, before you begin hibernating for the winter, take some time to mark these off your home’s to-do list:
Check for drafts
With the hefty heating bill that comes with the colder season, you don’t want to waste any energy. Drafts allow heat to escape, which can get expensive and uncomfortable. The best way to avoid this problem is through weatherstripping and caulking. Pro-tip: Don’t know where the drafts are coming from? Walk around your home with a lit candle and if it flickers near a specific door or window, you’ve found it.
Get your heating system ready
Don’t wait for a particularly chilly night to turn your heater on for the first time. You don’t want that to be the moment you find out it’s broken. Set your thermostat to 80 degrees, if you hear your furnace fire up and feel warm air blowing through, you can rest knowing everything is working properly. At Park Mechanical, we know how important it is to have a reliable, efficient heating system. If something is wrong with your heater, we can fix it and ensure you have a warm winter.
Replace your furnace’s filter
Part of getting your heating system ready is changing its filter. We recommend homeowners do this every 3 months to allow your HVAC system to run more efficiently and so you can breathe cleaner air. It’s a simple task that even beginners can do! You can check out this article from Home Depot or request service from a trusted HVAC technician near you.
Sometimes we take for granted how important our smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are. You might be guilty of only changing the batteries when the incessant beeping goes off. Take this time to test all of the detectors in your home and switch out the batteries with new ones to ensure a safe home. This is especially important if you plan on doing a lot of holiday cooking and putting up festive decorations.
Contact Park Mechanical
If you’re looking for reliable heating services in Sacramento, we can help. Our technicians can ensure your warmth and comfort this winter season. Call us at (916) 345-1592 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.