After Halloween fun, we are all faced with the countdown to Christmas fun! With the countdown to Christmas fun comes the cold. Are you ready for it? More importantly, is your home ready for it?
Keeping your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) well maintained along with a few other pointers will ensure you are cozy for the cold winter months. I wouldn't want my furnace to stop woring on the coldest night of the year when repair people are busiest. BRRRR. Below are some helpful tips to prevent a bad situation on a cold night.
- Check Your HVAC Unit
Did you know HVAC systems can last up to 20 years before they need to be replaced? Check your unit to see if it is still functioning efficiently and properly. If not, contact an HVAC professional to replace it and provide you with an HVAC system that fits for your home’s needs. Sure, this may be a costly solution at first, but rest assured it will save you in the long run and make your house warmer and safer. Now, before the deep-freeze winter months, is a good time to check your system.
- Change Your Filter
Many times the only repair that needs to be done is replacing an old filter. Be sure to replace or clean your filter every month for optimum efficiency.
- Update Your Thermostat
Older thermostats that use mercury can be pretty inaccurate. This means that you can set the temperature to what you think is the right one, but the heat will exceed your desired temperature which causes you unnecessary electricity usage. Consider updating your thermostat to a digital one to ensure accurate temperature levels. 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 so you don’t forget to turn it off. Talk about a great way to wake up in the morning - with warmth!
- Clean Your Heating Ducts
Clean your system’s heating ducts to allow efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Fresh, clean air is what we all want to breathe, right? Be sure to also routinely inspect your heating ducts to make sure there are no punctures, dents or disconnected parts. It is best to call in an HVAC professional to ensure your ducts are running smoothly. In addition to your ducts, a professional can also inspect your heating system’s belts, motors, electrical switches, thermostats and gas pressure. Well worht the call!
An easy way to cut electricity costs is to make sure your home has proper insulation and ventilation. Moisture can build up during the winter if your home is not ventilated properly. If the air doesn’t have an escape, your roof can rot, and you’ll have a whole other expensive problem on your hands
Proper maintenance, inspection and awareness is the best way to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. If you think you may have a problem, contact an HVAC professional to examine your unit before a bad situation on a cold night happens.
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