Is your HVAC system 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.
1. 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.
2. Thermostat: Test your thermostat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. On a cool morning, turn the heat on and set the thermostat to your preferred winter-time temperature. If the HVAC never reaches that temperature or takes too long, you may have a problem.
3. Programmable Thermostat: Consider having a programmable thermostat installed. It allows you to program preset temperatures for various times of the day so that your HVAC works less when you’re away.
4. Vacuum: Vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment. If you prefer, one of our certified technicians can perform this task while servicing your HVAC unit.
5. Air Vents: To ensure air circulates properly, make sure nothing is blocking your fresh-air-supply and return-air vents. Furniture, bedding, toys and the like can obstruct air intake and make the HVAC unit work harder.
6. Unusual Behavior/Noises: Unusual noises or excess heat or water coming from your HVAC is a sign that something could be wrong. Don’t wait around until it breaks as experience teaches that could cost more.
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