It’s the First Day of Fall! Is Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather?

fire-1391676_1280Fall in Northern Virginia is beautiful, with colorful trees and people everywhere enjoying mild temperatures. But fall also signals cooler weather in the near future, so before temperatures drop, it’s good to know how to prepare your home to keep your family warm and safe this season.

Seal Cracks and Replace Weather Stripping

You may have done this at the beginning of summer to keep cool air in, but check it again to make sure there’s no air leaking in. One good way to test this is to hold a candle flame around windows and doors to see if it flickers or gets blown out. If  there is air coming in, add or replace caulk and weather stripping.

Consider Having Insulation Replaced

Even if your furnace is working great, insufficient insulation in the attic and basement can allow warm air to leak out, making your house uncomfortable and driving up your energy bills. It’s a good idea to check  your insulation levels and if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, hire an expert.

Clean Your Air Filter

It’s important to have a clean air filter before you need to use your furnace. A dirty filter will cause your furnace to work harder and can also blow allergens into your home’s air. If you have a pet, you should replace your filter at least every month. If you have a family member who suffers from allergies, consider getting an air filter with a higher MERV rating.

Have Your Chimney Cleaned

You can prevent any potential disasters when you first light your fireplace by having it professionally inspected. A chimney inspection can make sure the smoke is being properly released and that there is nothing trapped in the chimney that could cause a fire.

Schedule a Fall HVAC Maintenance Appointment

During a furnace maintenance inspection, we’ll check your furnace and safety switches, lubricate all moving parts, and clean condenser coils, drain lines, and blower assembly. We also suggest you have your ducts inspected to ensure your furnace is operating at maximum efficiency so your energy bills stay low this winter.

Whether you’re in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier or Arlington County, we’d love to help you prepare for cooler temperatures. Just give Snell Heating and Air Conditioning a call.

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