National Tune-Up Day

National Tune-Up Day

Have you checked your home’s heating and cooling system this year? If not, then it’s time to get tuning because today is National Tune-Up Day! Let’s prepare ourselves for winter and make sure others do so, too!

National Tune-Up Day was founded by HomeServe USA, a company that provides home emergency repair services, to serve as a yearly reminder to all homeowners to get their heating and cooling systems cleaned and tuned-up to prevent any heating issues when the cooler temperatures arrive. These annual tune-ups will help keep your HVAC system running smoothly, and save you from running into costly repairs or replacements, as well as dangerous home situations, down the line.



What Does a Heating System Tune-Up Entail?

National Tune-Up DayHVAC system tune-ups are generally done by professional technicians. They usually have an extensive list of things they would check and do during your annual tune-up, such as:

  1. Check vents and ducts for dust, dirt or blockages
  2. Check the HVAC system’s safety and controls
  3. Check and adjust thermostats
  4. Check and adjust burners to ensure proper flame height and ignition
  5. Clean or change filters and belts
  6. Check and clean gauge
  7. Flush low water cutoff
  8. Check fuel pipe and chimney draft
  9. Check pumps and motor oil
  10. Check or clean blower assembly and ensure blower access door is securely tightened
  11. Check if fuel jets are working properly
  12. Check fresh intake grills for blockage
  13. Check and test drains and traps
  14. Check for gas leaks or gas line problems
  15. Lubricate or fix moving parts


Get Your Pet Tuned-Up!

The reason why we’re all encouraged to get our heating and cooling vents tuned-up each year are not only to ensure that we stay warm and toasty when the cooler weather hits, but also to spot mechanical issues early and fix them before they get worse. The same goes for our pets! We need to keep up with regular vet visits and check-ups to make sure that any medical issues are identified and treated in advance.


The Importance of Regular Vet Visits

National Tune-Up DayYearly vet visits are essential to maintaining an animal’s health and well-being. Since pets can’t exactly talk to their humans about what they’re feeling, it’s very possible for certain health issues to go unnoticed. Through routine visits, your veterinarian can help you determine your pet’s current state of health and spot any underlying medical condition. If your pet has a health problem that you don’t know about, your veterinarian will be able to treat it before it gets worse or slow its progression down.

During these annual vet visits, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam that involves a nose-to-tail check. That means that the examination will move from the nose, mouth, and eyes, to the body, paws, and nails, up to the very tip of the tail. If your veterinarian comes across an issue, such as dental problems, skin infections, or joint conditions, they may recommend products that can help your pet recover.


How to Celebrate National Tune-Up Day

1. Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up

Like we mentioned earlier, today is the perfect day to schedule an HVAC tune-up and remind your friends to do so, too. Share National Tune-Up Day posts on social media using the hashtag #NationalTuneUpDay or simply send your friends a text message.

Don’t wait until the temperatures start dropping before you get your heating and cooling systems cleaned and checked, or even repaired if need be. About 40% of HVAC system issues happen during the winter season because of poor maintenance, so make sure your contact a professional technician today!


2. Thank The Technician That Helps You

Of course, let’s not forget to appreciate the technicians that help us get our heating systems tuned-up. Make sure to thank them for their service before they leave. You can do this by giving them a tip, or maybe offering them some food.

This National Tune-Up Day, let’s give recognition to the people that help make our winters warm and cozy!


3. Get Your Pet Tuned-Up

If your HVAC system has already been tuned-up, make sure your pet gets “tuned-up”, too! If it’s been a while since you’ve gotten your pet checked this year, then you can bring them to the vet today. Remember, the winter season is coming, and lower temperatures allow viruses to spread easier.


When was the last time you got your HVAC system tuned-up? What about your pet? Let us know in the comments!