You may be wondering why you need to fiddle with your HVAC system, in preparation for winter. The truth is, an HVAC component needs to be looked at to avoid possible cutting off of electricity usage, as well as lowering your utilities bill and extend the overall life of your system. We’ve listed a few tips below to help you get through winter while staying warm and comfortable in your home. Prepare for the snow, and make sure you’re not stuck without heat during the winter months.
The filters in your HVAC system often get dirty and this can require more work for them to spread heat across your entire household. Air filters need to be replaced once every three months as they do build up dirt very quick. If you smoke, or have pets, or even live in a very dusty area, your filters will build up dirt even quicker than that. This increases the workload and decreases the airflow into your home. By replacing your air filters, you will be preventing debris from being circulated in your home from the dirty filters. This can be a simple DIY task, but if you’re unsure on how to clean out filters, you can always contact your professional HVAC technician for assistance.
Furnaces can easily get worn down and need a bit of extra attention from time to time. You want to call your HVAC technician to come in and do a furnace tune-up. This will protect your equipment from getting damaged, and your technician will look at checking out your electrical switches, gas pressure, motors and belts while they do the tune-up. This ensures your system is running optimally and lets an HVAC professional fix any issues prior to winter hitting.
Heat pumps are generally rather easy to maintain and the bulk of them are designed to prevent snow from collecting on the top of your unit. Although, in a heavy snow storm, you may want to check if it’s still clear. Do not attempt to build something to go over it for protection, as this will affect the airflow.
The thermostat controls the heat within your HVAC system, and sometimes you may find that it isn’t accurate. You can troubleshoot this by buying a completely separate thermostat and check for accuracy. If you’re unsure, contact an HVAC technician as they have all the professional tools to test your thermostat quickly and accurately. Programmable thermostats assist in reducing your costs as they give you the ability to adjust temperatures so that it doesn’t run as much when you’re away from home. Smart thermostats don’t even need a setup!
Your couches and other elements in your home should not be blocking your air vents. If your air vents are blocked, it can result in a severe limited airflow which quickly drops the temperatures in your home. The vents always need to be open so that the heat is circulated easily throughout the household.
Electrical lines become heavy and can even fall while it is snowing. This can leave you with no power and this is when you will need a generator as a back-up feature to keep warm. Generators can be installed for your entire home and this can help with keeping you warm on any day, no matter what the crisis.
Insulation is possibly one of the best long-term ways of keeping the temperature in your house regulated. Your attic should be properly insulated as there is a huge amount of heat that can be lost through the roof. You can do this as a DIY project or ask a technician to come in and assist. Windows that seep draft can be avoided with insulator kits. These kits are essentially plastic wraps around your window so that the drafts can’t come through. Such kits are inexpensive and can last all winter.
Give your HVAC system a good winter check
These common issues can all be resolved in a quick, professional manner. Your HVAC technician is fully qualified to get your home “winter-ready” and ensure that your heating system is working optimally for the entire season, especially in cases of snow storms. They can quickly diagnose issues and make the required repairs, as well as let you know if you need anything additional to help keep a good, warm airflow running through your home in winter.
Tune-ups and all other components should be checked and serviced to ensure they operate correctly through the chilly months. The last thing you want is to have a heating system that doesn’t work in a snow storm. Tune-up checks include equipment clearances, Carbon Monoxide checks and equipment safety approvals. Always remember safety first, so have your HVAC equipment checked regularly to avoid any mishaps this winter.