The holiday season is a stressful time for all, and, believe it or not, “all” includes your HVAC system. As winter approaches you’ll want to make sure your system is prepared for the cold months ahead, and that applies if you’re leaving home to visit loved ones or if you’re the entertainer extraordinaire that will be hosting friends and family. Thankfully, we have a few tips for you below that will help keep your home warm and full of holiday cheer.
Check Your Air Filters
Ideally, you should check your air filters every 30 days to see how much dirt and debris they’ve accumulated. From there, depending on how much build up you see, you can determine whether or not they need to be changed. Regularly checking and changing your air filters ensures you’re maintaining proper air flow, which ensures you aren’t putting any undue stress on the rest of your system and helps to prevent costly repairs.
And Don’t Forget The Vents
Dirt and debris aren’t limited to your filters. They can also collect in and around your air vents, which leads to reduced airflow. It also negatively impacts your air quality. Thankfully, vents are fairly easy to wipe clean with a damp rag – it’s just the remembering to clean them part that’s likely to get you.
Turn Down The Thermostat
Before winter is in full swing, make sure to test your thermostat. Does it turn on within 30 seconds to one minute? If not, it may be time to call in a pro and schedule a tune up to ensure your system is ready to handle the cold. After all, winter is coming.
Make Sure You’ve Got Good Circulation
When you think of the perfect time to turn on your ceiling fan, it’s likely that you’re thinking of the warmer seasons. In reality? You can use your ceiling fans to your advantage in the cooler seasons as well. Reverse the rotation of your fan before winter hits and it’ll be set to draw the cool air up and push the warm air down. Cool, right?
Schedule A Tune-Up
Your HVAC system is complex. There are many moving parts and most, if not all, require maintenance, including tuning and cleaning. Save yourself time and stress, and make sure it’s done right the first time by scheduling regular maintenance with your local HVAC pro.
Need to schedule a tune-up or prep your system for winter? Contact us here.