With winter, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your HVAC system is ready to work. Colder temperatures mean that your system is going to be working harder to keep your home warm. We are going to look at 5 easy tips to make sure your HVAC system is efficient in the winter.
Ensure Your Filter is clean
Checking and changing your A/C filter is something that you should be doing every 30-60 days throughout the year. If you have pets, you may want to check your filter more often. No matter the season, it is a good idea to check your filter. Invest in a new filter to make it throughout the winter months. Clean filters will allow your HVAC system to breathe as it should, preventing clogging and overworking of the system.
Inspect For Debris Near Outdoor Unit
The outdoor unit of your HVAC system is just as important as the indoor unit, if not more. It is exposed to the elements and is susceptible to foreign contaminants. Leaves, twigs, and other items that can be blown around in the wind. This can clog up your HVAC system coils and prevent it from working as it should. This will cause the system to work harder. It also destroys expensive components and causes poor performance when you need it the most.
Check Insulation Of Home
A home’s insulation is like a blanket to keep the heat inside your home and prevent the cold from getting in. Insulation can be found in walls, in the attic, and even in doors/windows. Check your attic for insulation deterioration and make sure that all of your doors and windows have proper seals. A drafty window or door can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, driving your electricity bill sky high.
Check That Ducts Aren’t Blocked
The ducting for your A/C system can be found on the floor, on the ceiling, or on the walls of your home. This means that they can easily become blocked by furniture, clothes, or other items in your home. Do a thorough inspection of all of your ducts, both incoming and outgoing, to ensure that they are free from blockage. This is also a great time to make sure none of them were closed accidentally throughout the year. Take this time to give them a quick dusting as well.
Schedule A Maintenance Appointment
While these tips are great for the average homeowner, but there are certain things that should be checked by a professional and HVAC technician. Most HVAC companies will offer a twice a year maintenance plan, therefore a technician will check your HVAC system in the spring and in the fall. This allows them to identify any potential problems before the grueling summer and winter months when you are going to need your HVAC system performing at its best. Getting the repairs done now will be much easier than when many others are needing emergency repairs.