Did you know that heating and cooling typically account for half of your home’s energy consumption?
With it taking up so much of your home’s overall energy usage, it’s important to stay on top of HVAC maintenance. This is especially true during the winter months. How can you get started, though?
Luckily, we’re here to help. Read on to learn about the basics of prepping your system for winter.
When is the last time you replaced your air filter?
It’s important to do this at least once each month. If you don’t, it’s going to make your HVAC system run harder than it should, meaning higher energy bills that could’ve been easily prevented.
Clean Your Vents
If your HVAC system has both dirty filters and uncleaned vents, it can mean bad news for your home’s indoor air quality.
When you vacuum your home, be sure to also vacuum your air vents. This is important for helping to prevent blockages and also your system’s efficiency. When there’s too much dust around your vents, it stops air from flowing freely, making it a lot harder to keep even temperatures throughout your space.
If you notice quite a bit of buildup, scheduling a duct cleaning may also help your system.
Check the Thermostat
First, you should check the batteries on your thermostat so you know the temperatures are accurate.
Also, if you don’t already have one, winter is a great time to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one. This makes it easier to keep your settings efficient and temperatures consistent.
Cover the Outdoor AC Unit
If you won’t need to use your AC again for the season, consider covering the outdoor component. This will protect the unit from ice, snow, and other debris that might build up throughout the season.
It will also help save you time and energy once the spring arrives since you won’t have excess to debris to clean up. All you’ll have to do is lift the cover and everything will be set to go.
Schedule an Inspection
Finally, if you didn’t have an inspection done in the fall, it’s important to have it done in the winter. During your appointment, you can expect a technician to visit your home to look for signs of wear and tear.
They’ll ensure any issues are addressed and be able to clean the unit and optimize your furnace so everything runs efficiently. Not only that, but they’ll also be able to check fluid levels and replace anything that needs it.
Ready to Get Started With Your HVAC Maintenance?
When it comes to winter HVAC maintenance, the earlier you get started on it, the better. Taking care of things early on is going to save you a lot of headaches later down the line. You’re not as likely to run into problems when it gets cold out, and you’ll know you’re taken care of for the entire season.
Luckily, we can help you get prepared for the cold months. Contact us to get started today.