Even though it’s officially fall, Las Vegas residents aren’t quite feeling the cool air yet. However, it will sneak up on us when we least expect it. And when it does, we need to be prepared.
Switching from heating to cooling isn’t just the practice of turning off the A/C and turning on the furnace. There are certain maintenance steps that need to be taken in order for it to be running efficiently and to avoid a call to the heating repair Las Vegas homeowners rely on.
Step 1: Inspection
Before you can even think about turning the furnace on, you need the experts in heating repair Las Vegas residents trust to inspect it. This inspection will ensure that there is nothing wrong with it prior to turning it on, so you won’t have to worry about costly repairs later down the line. Though it’s best to get the inspection before the dramatic temperature shift, there isn’t too much harm in turning it on first. However, you should contact experts quickly after you initially turn it on.
Step 2: Turn the furnace on
Whether you get the inspection before or after you turn the furnace on, you need to make sure it is turned on correctly before getting it operating. This is done by checking the thermostat for a switch that says, “HEAT COOL OFF.” Naturally, you will flip the switch from COOL to HEAT. If your thermostat is digital, it will be a button rather than a physical switch. The temperature you place your home at is completely up to you though it’s recommended to keep it around 70 degrees. Every notch you increase the temperature will only increase your energy bill cost.
If for some reason your thermostat does not have the option for HEAT, you will have to go to the furnace itself and turn it on.
Step 3: Check the humidifier
Turning on the furnace isn’t your only task to preparing your home for winter. The majority of home air systems will include a humidifier. This needs to be efficiently cleaned out prior to a significant temperature drop. You can do this yourself, or call in the experts to do it for you to ensure the job is done right. Once it is cleaned, you’ll want to turn it on. In newer systems, this can be done through the thermostat. However, in older ones you will have to figure out where it’s located and manually turn it on. It’s best to keep it around 40 to 50 percent in your home.
Step 4: Don’t forget the air conditioner
The air conditioner will have to be properly taken care of to ensure it works properly come next summer. First you want to locate the condenser unit, from there you will search for a gray electrical box. In that box, you’ll find an on/off switch. During the winter, it needs to be shut off. This will save you money and prevent any damage from occurring to the air conditioner during the winter.
If you have any questions regarding this process of switching from cool air to warm, contact the experts in heating repair Las Vegas homeowners seek most. JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning offer great rates for loyal and even new customers. Contact the Las Vegas plumber and heating experts now at 702.227.5622 to learn what discounts could be available to you.