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5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for the Fall Heating Season

Fall has taken its time arriving this year. Still, the cool days and even cooler nights are here, and the heating season is upon us. Is your home ready for it?

This year, take the following steps to get your home ready for the fall heating season:

1. Have your heater serviced – If you haven’t had your heater professionally checked yet, it’s time. A tune up will make sure this important part of your family’s home comfort will be functional and efficient for as long as you need it. You’ll also make certain that any problems are caught while they’re still small and easy to repair, avoiding an expensive breakdown later on.

2. Upgrade your heater to a more modern system – If your heater is more than 10 years old or is running on an expensive fuel source like oil, now is a good time to get an upgrade. Take this opportunity to change your old furnace for a newer one that will be far less expensive to run. The earlier you have the new unit installed, the less you’ll spend on the old one. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that your old furnace won’t break down mid-season!

3. Install a programmable thermostat – If you want to get the very most out of your heater, staying comfortable while keeping expenses down, install a programmable thermostat. These more modern thermostats help you to remain toasty while spending as little as possible on the heat.

4. Cut the drafts – Check your home for areas where drafts can get in. Sealing them up can not only keep Jack Frost from creeping in and spiking your heating bill but can keep pests out at the same time!

5. Check for water leaks and repair them – The heating season isn’t just about your furnace, but other problems relating to cold weather, too. Water leaks are costly during the summer, but in the winter they can place your home at a much more serious risk of damage. Spot leaks and repair them now and don’t forget to shut off the water to outside faucets, emptying those pipes.

When you’re ready to prepare your home for the heating season, give us a call at McLoughlin Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Call us at (610) 649-8080 and we’ll help you to set up an appointment with a friendly heating and plumbing expert.