September Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #1: Service Heating and Cooling System
As the days get cooler, you may find yourself making that first switch of the thermostat from AC to heat. To make sure your heating system will keep you warm this winter, call in a licensed HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) professional to inspect and service the HVAC system in your home. In addition to changing your air filter, a HVAC professional can:
- Test the safety controls that help prevent fires.
- Clean the blower and motor and make sure they’re in good repair.
- Test the furnace burner, switches, and thermostat.
- Check the unit and ductwork for leaks.
You can also inspect the ductwork and seal ductwork cracks and leaks yourself. This is especially important if your ducts are in the attic, where they can accidentally get stepped on. Minor leaks can be sealed with special metallic duct sealing tape and duct mastic.
If your home doesn’t already have a programmable thermostat, now is a good time to have one installed or install it yourself.
A programmable thermostat allow can be set to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you’re away or sleeping, which can save on both heating and cooling costs. For information about do-it-yourself installation, check out our video on Installing a Programmable Thermostat.