Your furnace made it through the brunt of winter without a hitch, hopefully, and it’s nearly time to shut it down. To maintain a comfortable home through the seasons, there’s more to shutting down your furnace than just switching the thermostat from HEAT to COOL. Read on to learn specific steps for your checklist of end-of-season furnace care.
Your furnace filter’s primary function is to keep the HVAC system clean of dust and debris. The longer your furnace operates with a dirty filter that obstructs airflow, the more energy it uses to keep your San Antonio home warm, and the extra stress can cause it to break down prematurely. So, make sure you stay on top of filter changes.
Late winter is typically the best time for San Antonio homeowners to schedule HVAC maintenance. Your HVAC contractor inspects your furnace for damage, and gets your cooling unit ready for summer.
In fact, central air systems generally share the ductwork with a gas furnace, or if you have an electric furnace i.e. a heat pump), you’re going to need to have the coil cleaned. Otherwise, airflow will be obstructed and cooling efficiency substantially drops.
Also, it’s a good idea to turn off the pilot light. Though, newer furnaces use automatic ignition without a pilot, which renders this step unnecessary.
Update Thermostat Programs
You may need to update your programmable thermostat heading into spring. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests a COOL comfort setting of 78 degrees for summer. If you have a regular daily schedule when your home is empty, such as during work and school hours, program an 8-to-12 degree turn-up period to save energy.
Make another program for sleeping hours set to as high as you can comfortably handle to save even more energy dollars. If haven’t installed a programmable thermostat yet, now is the time to do so. They are an affordable device that remembers to save you energy and to keep you comfortable according to your lifestyle.
For professional end-of-season furnace care in your San Antonio home, contact us at Beyer Boys today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).