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Fall is almost here, and with it comes yo-yo temperature changes. In fall, homeowners may have to utilize both their furnace and a/c system. Is your furnace ready? Here are some preventative steps you can take to get prepared for the colder weather. 

1) What is the health of your heating system? Heating systems that are more than ten years old are only 40-60% efficient. If your HVAC system is on its last legs, you should consider replacing the entire HVAC system to boost energy efficiency. Today, gas furnaces available on the market boast efficiency ratings as high as 97%. 

2) Maintain your furnace by regularly replacing the filter every one to three months. The filter should be inspected every thirty days to ensure there are no blockages that have built up. 

3) Walk through your home to make sure all of your return, supply vents and registers are clean and clear of any rugs, furniture, or closed off in any way. While you are clearing vents from any obstructions, take the time to clean them of dust that has collected around the vents. 

4) When the seasons begin to change, it’s a good idea to reprogram your thermostat. Having a programmable or smart thermostat can help keep your home more energy-efficient and save you money. According to the Department of Energy, homeowners can save 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. So take the time to reprogram your thermostat to begin the savings. 

We all love when football season comes back around, but are you truly ready for the changes that come with the seasons? Remember to check the health of your HVAC unit, regularly change out furnace filters, clean and clear all returns, supply vents and registers of furniture obstruction and reprogram your thermostat. Take the time to follow these preventative steps to ensure your home is prepared and energy-efficient for the fall season!

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