Fall is here and it’s time to make sure you’re ready for the cooler weather ahead. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for fall is to attend to your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system to make sure that you and your family will stay warm all autumn and winter. Regardless of if your home has a furnace, a heat pump, or a boiler, following this simple fall furnace maintenance checklist is absolutely essential. 

Change or Clean Your Furnace Air Filter

If you have a furnace or heat pump in your home, your air filter must be attended to at least once every ninety days. One of the most essential but simple steps of the fall furnace maintenance checklist is to just ensure you have a clean furnace filter. This allows for high air quality and better performance when the filter is not plugged with dust, pet hair and debris.

Turn Your Thermostat from COOL to HEAT 

It sounds silly to remind our readers to change their thermostat setting because it feels very obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget! Make sure your thermostat is turned from COOL to HEAT before you turn on your furnace, otherwise it may seem that your furnace isn’t working properly. 

Install a programmable Thermostat

Homeowners can save approximately 1-2% of your energy bill for every degree the thermostat moves up or down. Also, you can create a schedule that stays in place while not at home. 

You can also prolong the life of your furnace by installing a programmable thermostat as this allows the system to reduce its workload to operate at its best – putting less strain on the equipment.

Turn Your Humidifier from Summer to Winter Setting

When the temperature drops, so does the humidity in your house. Dry winter air can make it uncomfortable to spend time inside your home and can aggravate skin and breathing problems. Be sure to switch your humidifier on and pack up the summer dehumidifier to maintain a comfortable home temperature.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide and Fire Alarms 

Out of all of the tips on our fall furnace maintenance checklist, caring for your carbon monoxide alarm is the most important as it may save your life. Testing both your carbon monoxide and fire alarm only takes moments to do, and you’ll be happy you took the time. 

Call for Preventative Maintenance 

Preventative furnace maintenance isn’t something the average homeowner will always think to do, however, it’s essential in keeping your furnace’s warranty valid, improving your furnace efficiency, and ensuring that you won’t have a sudden breakdown in the middle of winter. As part of your autumn maintenance, make sure to call your local HVAC dealer for a preventative maintenance appointment ASAP.

Invest in a Smarter Home Living Plan 

Your HVAC system, like the other appliances in your home, is a significant investment that you use every single day. This fall, as part of your HVAC maintenance checklist, invest in a smarter home living protection plan. A Smarter living plan will ensure the appliances in your home are covered financially for accidental damage, sudden breakdowns, or disrepair. Save money and have peace of mind this fall by protecting your furnace and ensuring quality home comfort in case of emergency without breaking the bank. Plus, when you sign up, you have the opportunity to earn up to 5,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points.1

Interested in learning more about protecting your home systems and appliances? 
Get a no-obligation quote for a Smarter Living Plan today! 

1 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points offer may change without notice. All Hudson’s Bay Rewards points will be awarded within four to six weeks.

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