Get Your HVAC System Ready For Winter

4 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Winter is just around the corner!  These tips will help you prepare your HVAC system for the season, so that your home willstay warm and cozy and your HVAC system will continue to run at its best.

Replace the Air Filter

Taking the time to replace your HVAC system air filter will help ensure that the air in your home will be clean for members of your household and guests.The air filter in your HVAC system clears the dust and pollen from the air and prevents it from circulating through the furnace and air conditioner. The air filter should be replaced every three months, or more frequently if you or your family members are sensitive to dust and pollen. 

Test the Furnace

If you haven't used your furnace yet, now is the time to turn it on and ensure that it's working properly. Run the furnace just long enough to confirm that each room is getting heat. If some rooms of your home remain cold even with the furnace on, check the vents for blockages. Make sure that every vent is open before assuming there's a problem. 

Have the Furnace Inspected

Call the HVAC repair person to your home for the annual inspection. He or she will check the wiring, pilot ignition and the mechanical parts of the furnace. Your HVAC repair person will also inspect the vents for leaks, so your system will run as efficiently as possible throughout the winter. If any heater repair is necessary, your repair person will make recommendations so that you can get the furnace fixed before the coldest weather of the season sets in.

Get the Ducts Cleaned

Duct cleaning services aren't necessary on an annual basis, but if your ducts haven't been cleaned in several years, now may be the time to get it done. When your HVAC repair person comes to your home to check on your furnace, ask him or her if you could benefit from duct cleaning.

Duct cleaning services remove the dust and debris that builds up over time inside ducts. Duct cleaning may be particularly be beneficial if your winter plans involve having house guests for an extended stay. Not only will duct cleaning services improve your air quality, but cleaning your ducts removes dust from your home, making it easier to keep your house clean.

Cover the Condenser

The air conditioner condenser is the part of your air conditioner that sits outside your home. There are many air conditioner covers available on the market, but many of these products lock in moisture and promote rust development. To protect your condenser for the winter, cover the top of the condenser with a piece of plywood. This prevents ice from falling into the unit. 

Maintaining your HVAC system is important for your comfort when the weather turns cold.These steps will help you keep your HVAC system running smoothly throughout the winter and the rest of the year.