How to Winterize Your HVAC System
October 9th, 2019 by cverdone
After a long, hot summer, fall has finally arrived and in some places, it’s almost chilly enough to turn on the heat. If the idea of switching your heat on makes you shiver, there are things you can do to help winterize your HVAC this season.
Inspect Your Air Ducts
Your furnace is connected to the air ducts within your home. When in use, hot air travels through the ducts and is dispersed through the vents. Over time, dust can start to accumulate in air ducts, which ends up blowing into your home along when the heat is on. As a result, this can significantly reduce indoor air quality. If you’re unable to clean your air ducts, it’s a good idea to hire a professional instead.
Replace the Air Filter
In addition to cleaning your ducts, you also need to replace your air filter. Air filters are what keeps pollutants, such as dust, out of the air when your furnace is running. However, if your air filter gets too dirty, it won’t be able to trap any dust or other contaminants. This means when your heat kicks on, it will force any contaminants into your home. Luckily, this is easily preventable by changing the air filter. A lot of HVAC professionals suggest that all homeowners change their filter at least every one to three months.
Pay Attention to Your Thermostat
Always keep an eye on your thermostat. If it starts to malfunction, it can reduce the efficiency of your unit and can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. Perform a few heating tests before winter sets in. If it’s not working the way it should, call an HVAC professional for inspection. Sometimes, simply replacing the thermostat is all it takes to reduce expensive power bills.
Is There a Point to Winterizing?
Yes, there is. Winterizing your unit will boost its efficiency, save money on bills and keeps your from constantly calling the repairman. Furthermore, there may be a few minor issues that the unit needs addressed. Ignoring small issues can quickly turn into something much more expensive to repair.
Lastly, winterizing your unit doesn’t take very long. Some people think that it’s a lengthy process, but in essence, it’s not. If you’re in need of an HVAC professional, then we’ve got you covered. Contact Thornton Heating and Cooling to schedule an appointment or to learn more information today.