It’s early October, and the weather (and the water) is still pretty warm out there. Warm enough that we’re all preparing, and a little concerned about the impact Hurricane Matthew will have on the Outer Banks as he barrels up the coast. But the 70- and even 80-degree temperatures won’t last forever. Whether you like it or not, winter IS coming. And fall — read: now — is the time to get your heating system ready.
With Air Handlers OBX in your corner, you’ll never freeze in the frost.
Replace your filters.
You’ve heard the old adage: Spring forward; fall back. We’re falling back this weekend, and the time to change your filter is now. Change it now, but don’t wait until spring to change it again. Consistently dirty filters are not just bad for air quality, but also for your monthly utility bills. Check it once a month, and replace as needed.
Get a generator.
Hurricane season isn’t over just yet. Almost… but not yet. And in recent years, it’s been those late-season storms that surprise us all, wreaking havoc and knocking out power up and down the east coast. When a hurricane or severe winter storm strikes, it pays to have a reliable generator.
Have your generator tuned up.
Your generator should undergo regular routine maintenance. An inspection, and a full stock of fuel (propane, typically) will guarantee that it turns on, and keeps running when you need it most.
Update your thermostat.
If you live in an older home, your thermostat may use a mercury-based temperature sensor. A thermostat of this type could allow your home’s ambient temperature to exceed the chosen setting, which ultimately leads to increased electricity bills. You might considering installing a more modern, more accurate digital thermostat.
Clean your heating ducts.
Or have Air Handlers OBX clean them for you. This should be done periodically throughout out the year to ensure that the air flowing through your home is clean, and that your heating system works efficiently. Our HVAC experts will closely inspect your heating ducts for punctures, dents, or disconnected parts; we’ll also inspect the belts, motors, electrical switches, and even your thermostats.
Have your heating system tuned up.
Regular system maintenance will improve the overall performance of your unit. An experienced HVAC repair technician can, during routine inspection, often fix small issues before they become big ones, preventing costly emergency repairs.
As the temperatures drop, and the days continue to get shorter, call Air Handlers OBX today to get your Outer Banks vacation rental home ready for fall, and the winter beyond.