Now that October has arrived, those who live in Crystal Lake and the surrounding area can look forward to cooler weather. After the heat of summer, you might be excited about chilly evenings spent inside watching your favorite movies or outside gathered around the fire pit. However, what you’re not excited about are the cold drafts that can find their way inside through cracks in your doors and windows. You also don’t like the fact that the warm air from your furnace is escaping through those cracks as well. At Absolute Comfort, we can provide the HVAC service you need to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter weather.
Seal Everything Up
Old windows and doors can be the biggest culprits when it comes to poor HVAC efficiency during the colder months of the year. If the weather seals around these openings are worn or missing, then there’s a good chance the warm air in the house will escape to the outdoors, while those cold drafts come inside. Replacing these seals can help you maintain a warmer house, and you won’t have to worry about a higher energy bill each month, since your furnace won’t have to run as often to keep up with your desired temperature.
If your home still has storm windows that have to be put on every fall, then make sure each one is forming a tight seal with the window frame. Even the smallest gap can mean decreased efficiency when it comes to heating your home during this time of year. If you’re tired of putting storm windows on every year, then it might be time to upgrade to new windows!
Check for Leaky Ducts
Another way to make sure your home is ready for this time of year is to have your ductwork inspected. Leaky ducts can lead to poor heating efficiency, since air is able to escape into the walls, through the foundation, and eventually to the outdoors. Our team knows how to pinpoint ductwork problems, such as loose connections, dents, and more. Holes and gaps not only let the warm air out, they also let things like dust and pollen in, impacting your indoor air quality.
Speaking of air quality, you may also want to think about having your ducts cleaned before running your furnace for the first time. A buildup of dust and other substances can pose risks to you and your family, especially if anyone has asthma or another condition that makes them sensitive to certain allergens.
Inspect Your Furnace
Before you call for professional furnace repair, it can be a good idea to inspect your heating system yourself. You don’t need to take things apart and start digging around inside, since that’s better left to the pros, but you can conduct a quick visual inspection of your furnace and the space around it. Does anything look different than it did last year? Are there boxes and other things that are stored too close to the furnace? Giving your furnace a once-over can help you take note of anything that you want to talk to us about before we start on any repairs, should you need to call us for anything.
Schedule Service Today
In order to make sure that your furnace and your home are both ready for fall and winter, it can be good to schedule a professional HVAC inspection. Our team is thorough on every job, and we’ll inform you immediately of any issues we find. Above all, we want you and your family to be warm and cozy during the colder months of the year, with no worries of a furnace that’s going to let you down.