HVAC Summer to Winter Change-over Blog

Fall is in the air and everything is about to change.  No more shorts and flip-flops.  Sun setting earlier.  School activities.   Leaves falling.  It’s time to re-acclimate! 

It also means that it’s time to transition from your air conditioning system – that worked so hard to cool you during our humid summer months – to switching-on your furnace to ready your home for Midwest winter temperatures.    

The Low-High Process.

The key to re-acclimating your home from summer cooling to winter heating is simply to remember that warm air rises and cooler air sinks.  That’s it in a nutshell.    In a 2-story home, that means over the summer, your air conditioning system worked hard to force cool air to the second floor.  Now, as we approach winter, warm air from your furnace will naturally rise to heat upstairs rooms.  Nature pushes warm air upward to keep your upstairs bedrooms warm and cozy.

5-Step Solution.

I recommend an easy 5-step approach for an efficient and cost-effective Summer-to-Winter re-acclimation in your home:

1) Air Vents.   Close the air vents in rooms on the higher floors; open those in your basement and on lower floors.  Since cool air needs to be forced to higher elevations, you probably opened the upstairs vents last spring – now it’s time to do the opposite. 

2) Filters.   Fall is the perfect time to replace the furnace filters – it’s amazing how much dirt and dust they collect.   With your family spending more time inside your home during winter months, air-quality is more important.  Also, don’t forget to change the filter on the air cleaner and dehumidifier.  Filters are inexpensive. 

3) Test.   Before it gets cold, Fall is the time to test your furnace and confirm that it is successfully forcing hot air – before you actually need it.   Simply set your thermostat to a temperature around 75-degrees and switch to ‘HEAT’.  Your furnace should start within a minute.  You should feel warm air coming through your vents.  If not, you need to contact Flader Heating at 847-491-6980 for a professional inspection of your furnace and vents.  Following your test, be sure to return your thermostat temperature setting to about 68-degrees.

4) Duct Debris.  When you ‘test’ of your furnace, watch for any dust coming through the vent.  This might suggest you need your vents cleaned by a professional HVAC service technician.

5) Cover Air Conditioning Unit.  Getting ready for winter includes covered your outside air conditioning unit.  Remove any debris around it and cover it with a waterproof tarp.  It will limit any rodent or pest infestation.

We Help Homeowners

Flader Heating & Air Conditioning is uniquely suited to assist you in determining the ‘right’ solution that best fits your home’s needs.   We’ve been serving the Community for over 100-years and 4-generations of the Flader Family.  We take pride in exceeding expectations, providing peace-of-mind, and improving the comfort and quality of our customers’ life. 

The Flader Difference

Only Flader Heating and Air Conditioning delivers:

• The most Responsive Service – 24-hours/7-days a week.

•  Personal attention from certified and licensed technicians.

•  Only the most dependable equipment and parts.

• Money-saving Maintenance Agreements.

•  FREE annual filter replacement.

•  100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Flader is located right in your Community.  We’re responsive in answering the phone and arriving at your door in short order.  When you call 847-491-6980 you will always speak to a live person – no voice-recording promising a callback.  We’ll quickly have your home back to normal.  Satisfaction Guaranteed. 

Comprehensive Services

Whether you’re replacing your furnace or central air conditioning, adding a dehumidifier or clean air system, or cleaning and servicing your air quality system, we are knowledgeable and expert in delivering the service you need.    Look to us for your annual inspection.  Duct cleaning.   Diagnose malfunctions.  Improving ventilation.  Replacing Filters.   Installing advanced, state-of-the-art high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners.   

Our professional technicians arrive on-time, listen, answer your questions, recommend the right solution, and deliver as promised.    Flader technicians average 10-years of experience and are EPA certified.    Expert service, quality parts, and satisfaction guaranteed.  That’s the combination you deserve.  Don’t compromise.   Call us at 847-491-6980.

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