As the fall season approaches, the nights are cold, and the days are warm. Many wonder when to officially make the switch from air conditioning to heating. The transition process can be tricky with home comfort and energy bills, which is why we are here to help! In this article, we will help guide homeowners through the process of turning on their heating system and common questions that arise.

How to Decide When It’s Time to Turn the Heat On

Turning on heating systems is partially about personal preference. If your home temperature becomes too chilly and uncomfortable, there is no harm in cranking on your heater. However, we recommend that you wait until your indoor temperature reaches 64℉ to make the switch. Utilizing the comfortable outdoor temperatures can lower your utility bills and give your HVAC system a break. Opening windows and doors can provide a comfortable temperature, but potentially sacrifice air quality.

What Should I Do Before Turning the Heater On?

Before turning on your heater, consider these steps to follow to ensure its health and your comfort!

  • Schedule Maintenance
  • Clean System
  • Have Ducts Cleaned
  • Seal Air Leaks

Schedule Maintenance

Before you turn the heater on, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our expert technicians to perform preventative maintenance on your system. Maintenance is encouraged by many HVAC professionals to ensure your comfort remains all season long and avoid costly repairs. Universal Heating & Cooling technicians can identify a problem before it becomes a bigger one, which can save you comfort and money. The best time to schedule your heating maintenance is in the fall before temperatures drop drastically.

Clean System

Your heating system is likely dirty from sitting all summer season. It is important to ensure the unit is free of debris before turning on. If you have a heat pump, it has endured outdoor weather this spring and summer. Ensure sticks, leaves, and other debris are cleared off the unit. If you use a furnace, be sure to dust and clear items around it. Cleaning your system will help maximize efficiency and effectiveness in heating your home.

Have Ducts Cleaned

If your ducts need to be cleaned, fall is the perfect time! At Universal Heating & Cooling, we specialize in duct cleaning to help residents breathe easily. Your ductwork may have accumulated dust and pollutants affecting your indoor air quality. The winter season brings many illnesses, which is why you should enter it with clean air and ducts!

Seal Air Leaks

Your home may have air escaping in your home, which can raise utility bills. Air leaks can be found in ductwork, attics, windows, and doors. While having your ducts cleaned a Universal Heating & Cooling technician can identify any leaks. If you have leaks in your windows or doors, weather stripping and caulking can be a cost-effective solution. Air leaks can raise heating bills, so we recommend sealing them before the winter season begins!

Schedule Service Today

If you think you’re ready to make the transition from air conditioning to heating, give us a call! We will help ensure your heating system is working properly and avoid any costly breakdowns this season. The last thing you want is to be stranded in cold temperatures with a heater that will not turn on. Give us a call today at 937-500-0063 to schedule your preventative maintenance service with one of our trained technicians.

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