If you ask any home owner about having to deal with a broken heating system in the middle of winter, most will tell you that is a worst-case scenario that they would be happy never having to ever deal with. Do doubt, having your HVAC system breakdown in the dead of winter is a negative experience, but one that hundreds of home owners deal with every year. To ensure you are not one of them this year, we suggest conducting a routine HVAC maintenance program prior to the arrival of the colder winter months.
We asked our HVAC maintenance technicians to share their top tips on how to get your HVAC system ready for winter, and compiled their top 5 tips below.
1) Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat will help automate your heating and cooling all year round, you can even control your system when you are not home. The efficiency of a smart thermostat will help you reduce the run time of your HVAC system saving you both money on energy bills and the wear and tear on your system.
2) Clean Air Vents and Replace Air Filters
Did you know that one of the most prevalent problems with an HVAC system is clogged air filters? Regularly cleaning air vents and replacing air filters allows for the air to flow freely into and out of your HVAC system and can prevent expensive repairs down the road. This will ultimately prolong the lifespan of your system and avoid potential safety hazards.
3) Test Your System Before The Cold Sets In
Our HVAC maintenance technicians say that the best way to get your system ready for winter is by checking the system before the cold season sets in. This means that you should allow your furnace to run several times prior to the cold winter temperatures fully arrive. This will give you some insight into whether there are any potential problems early on.
4) Insulate Your AC Unit To Protect From Freezing
Outdoor AC units, pipes, and anything else related to your HVAC system can get damaged due to extreme temperatures. Our technicians say that a simple and effective preventative measure is insulating your outdoor system and any exposed pipes. Make sure this process is performed when your system is dry to avoid any potential issues.
5) Have A Professional Perform Your HVAC Maintenance
If you are not comfortable completing seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system, do not just ignore the process. Reach out to a local HVAC maintenance technician to perform your seasonal maintenance routine. This will ensure your system is in tip top condition and will let you know if there are any possible concerns well before the system stops working.