Preparing for Cool Weather
Fall is almost upon us and winter is just around the corner! While you may not be ready to think about preparing your HVAC system for cooler weather, it is crucial for your home’s air quality and your wallet. Do you know if your HVAC system is ready for cold weather? Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the inevitable and add a few good years to your HVAC.
Check Air Filters
If you aren’t already, get in the habit of changing your air filters monthly. Just because you can’t see the dust trapped in the air filter doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you aren’t completely sure about what to look for and when to replace them, your local HVAC expert will be happy to lend a hand. Leaving dust and grime in the filters is dangerous for not only your home but also your health. Consider purchasing a reusable filter to save money in the future.
Older thermostats that use mercury can be very inaccurate. This means that you can set the temperature to what you think is adequate, but the heat can exceed your desired temperature, causing unnecessary energy use. Consider updating your thermostat to a digital one to ensure accurate temperature levels. In addition, digital thermostats can be programmed so you can set your heating to go on before you wake up or return home, and automatically turned off when you leave to work, which will save you money and keep you comfortable.
Cleaning Your Heating Ducts
Your HVAC system’s heating ducts should be cleaned before the winter season to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Be sure to routinely inspect your heating ducts to make sure there are no punctures, dents or disconnected parts. Damaged ducts can raise your heating bills by blowing wasted warm air. In addition, check to make sure the ducts are properly sealed and insulated so air won’t seep out of them. While some people try to inspect ducts on their own, they can be difficult to access and it’s best to hire someone who knows exactly what to look for. Contact your HVAC Expert. In addition to your ducts, a professional will also inspect your heating system’s belts, motors and electrical switches, as well as thermostats and gas pressure.
Over time, the seals, caulking, and weather stripping around your doors and windows can dry and crack, allowing the outside air to creep in. Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed to help ensure that you are able to keep the warm air that your system is generating. In addition, the use of heavy curtains during the nighttime can help keep the cold air that builds around the windows from cooling your home.
Getting your home and HVAC system ready for the cooler months can seem like a difficult and time consuming task. We hope that this list makes it a little easier! Understanding that you still may have some questions to be answered, it is crucial to contact your local HVAC experts for any concerns or additional tips. HVAC preparation has never been easier with a dedicated Heating and Cooling company right by your side!