Tips for preparing your HVAC system for winter
The winter will be here sooner than you think, which means you'll want to make sure your HVAC system is up for the job of keeping your home warm and cozy. The last thing you'll want to do is wake up one January morning to find that your heating and cooling system isn't working properly.
Check the filter
Many things can get stuck in HVAC filters including dust, pet hair, dirt and bacteria. All of this can clog the filter and keep your HVAC system from working properly. If you examine your filter and find that it appears to be dirty, it's time to change it out for a new one. During particularly cold months when you'll have your system constantly running on high, consider changing the filter once a month.
Switch to a programmable thermostat
If you don't have a programmable thermostat, then you may be wasting money and your HVAC system might not be operating as efficiently as it could be. This type of thermostat will make sure that you have plenty of heat when you and your family are at home when you need it, and will ensure that the temperature is lowered during the day when no one is home. This will save you money, and you won't have to worry about your HVAC system working overtime when it doesn't have to be.
Look for leaks
It won't matter whether or not your HVAC system is working properly if there are cracks in your doors and windows that allow heat to escape. Walk around your home and look for places where the cold air can get in and the warm air can get out and then purchase insulation to seal them off.
Examine the ducts
Just like with your HVAC filters, the air ducts throughout your home can become clogged with dirt and grime. This will prevent warm air from being able to flow through it freely, so you should keep them clean.
Call a professional
The best way to determine if your HVAC system is ready for winter is to call a professional to come and service it. You may want to do this at least once a year, especially since an HVAC repair specialist can perform all of the tasks above and make sure that your system is in tip-top shape.