5 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter
When the sun starts setting earlier in the evening, it’s time to think about your winter heating needs.
You don’t want to wait until you need to heat your home to turn on your heat. Ensure that your home’s HVAC system is ready to take the chill and coldness out of the air.
Here are five ways to prepare your HVAC system for the winter.
1. Tune-up your HVAC
While there are preparation steps that you as a homeowner or renter can perform, you should hire a professional HVAC technician to service your HVAC unit.
Each fall before you adjust the temperature of your home, schedule a tune-up on your heating system.
A trained service technician will thoroughly inspect your unit to detect any possible malfunctioning components.
Not only will your heating system operate more efficiently once it is serviced, but you should also save money on your energy bills.
2. Change the Air Filters
When your HVAC system is operating, its filters remove impurities from the air. This accumulation of air particles gets collected in the air filters of your HVAC system.
If you do not change the filters, the clogged air filters will no longer remove dust and dirt from the air.
Also, your system is not operating efficiently which will create undue stress on it. This can increase your costs and reduce the longevity of your HVAC system.
If you are not sure which filters to use or how to change them, ask your HVAC profession when they perform annual maintenance.
3. Install or Reprogram your Smart Thermostat
If you do not have a programmable thermostat, installing one is a great way to prepare for the winter. To prepare for the winter, reprogram your thermostat.
You can set your thermostat to increase the temperature in your home about a half an hour before everyone rises in the morning.
Then if anyone is home during the day, you can keep the temperature at that setting. If everyone leaves your home during the day, you can reduce the temperature; then reset the temperature to increase before you arrive back home.
4. Remove Debris
Throughout the summer months, furniture, household items, and carpets shifted their location. To prepare for winter, go through your home.
You need to inspect the areas around your supply registers and vents. Clean any dust and dirt that has accumulated on and around each vent and register in your home.
You also need to make sure that nothing is obstructing the flow of air. This step will help ensure that that air can safely circulate throughout your home.
5. Consider an HVAC Service Plan
Check with your HVAC service provider about different service plans that they offer.
Knowing that you can hire a professional to assist you with any unexpected issues throughout the winter will ensure that any service needs are taken care of by trained technicians.
Your HVAC provider can collaborate with you on the best plan for you and your family. They know your HVAC system best.
A maintenance agreement will provide you with a great sense of security since your equipment will be in the hands of experts.