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Do These Before Heading South for the Winter

Published April 25, 2022
Written by Eric Smith
Do These Before Heading South for the Winter

Heading South For The Winter? Your Furnace Has Some Thoughts For You…

The migration is beginning for those of you that seek warmer refuge during the frigid winter ahead… and for many that means making some decisions regarding your furnace.  

Have Me Tuned Up, Please!

Tune ups are the best way to do your part in making sure I don’t break down this winter. When I’m working heating your home, I get dirty and dirt causes me to break down. Have an Austin Plumbing Heating & Air expert out and have me tuned up and my filter changed…Please!

Put New Batteries In The Thermostat

When the batteries die in the thermostat I can’t turn on! You typically set the temp very low when you leave and batteries lose their charge much faster at 50 degrees than 70. I wouldn’t want two AA batteries to be the cause of any home issues, so please change them now. Don’t want to worry about batteries?  The furnace experts at Austin Plumbing Heating & Air may be able hardwire the thermostat so batteries are no longer required!

What Temperature Should The Thermostat Be Set?

I know you want that utility bill to be as low as possible while you’re gone, but check my owner’s manual…it will tell you my minimum run temperature. Most manufacturers say running a furnace below 55-60 degrees can cause damage to the furnace. 60 degrees is safest.

Use A Smart Thermostat

I realize you may have someone drop by from time to time, but really…what are the chances that I break down when that someone is here? This is why having a smart thermostat connected to WiFi helps me alert you when I’m not working! Your furnace expert at Austin Plumbing Heating & Air has several options of smart thermostats so you can choose the right one for you, your system, and your budget.

Turn Off Your Water

Have the people stopping by to water the plants bring their own water when they visit. Leaving the water on when you’re not home is not worth the risk! Every year we see hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage caused by furnace failures and pipes splitting. Don’t know how to shut off your water? Call our team at Austin Plumbing Heating & Air, and we’ll gladly help you out.

Austin Plumbing Heating & Air are experts in HVAC service and replacement serving all of Waukesha County and Washington County. Our number one priority is providing the highest level of service!

About The Author: Eric Smith
Eric Smith is a 3rd generation State of Wisconsin Master Plumber, Water Well Pump Installer, Plumbing Contractor, Water Well Contractor, HVAC Contractor and Water Treatment Expert and the owner of Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air.