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Winter is here, and it’s time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. At Academy Plumbing, Heating, AC and Electric, we believe in the importance of regular maintenance to ensure your home stays warm and cozy all winter long. Here are a few basic checklist items you should consider if you have a few extra minutes:
Change Your Air Filter: The air filter in your HVAC system plays a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality. Over time, dust and debris can clog up your air filter, reducing the efficiency of your heating system and increasing your energy costs. We recommend changing your air filter at least once every three months, especially during the heavy-use winter season.
Update the Battery on Your Thermostat: A faulty thermostat can lead to inconsistent temperatures and increased energy usage. To avoid this, make sure to replace the battery in your thermostat before winter arrives. A fresh battery will ensure your thermostat accurately reads and regulates your home’s temperature.
Check the Temperature on Your Water Heater: Your water heater works overtime during winter, providing hot showers and warm water for washing dishes and clothes. Check the temperature setting on your water heater – it should be set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal performance and energy efficiency.
In addition to these tasks, don’t forget to inspect your home for drafts, check your smoke detectors, and have your heating system serviced by a professional. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Stay ahead of potential problems this winter with Academy Plumbing, Heating, AC and Electric!