Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

… but inside, your HVAC system keeps things warm and comfortable!

At this time of year, your HVAC system works double-time to make sure you and your family (and all your festive visitors) are warm and comfortable. To keep your HVAC system functioning in peak condition, make sure you read these tips…

Use these tips to help you:

Tip #1. Always make sure your HVAC unit is well maintained. Instead of waiting for something to break and then dealing with the repairs (and how cold it can get in the meantime), invest in regular seasonal maintenance check-ups. This will alert you to any potential problems before they happen. 

Tip #2. Clean your HVAC filter. Your HVAC filter traps dirt and debris to keep it from blowing into your home. But, the more that builds up in the filter, the harder your HVAC system has to work! Keep your furnace running efficiently by cleaning and replacing your filter regularly.

Tip #3. Have your fan and coils cleaned regularly, ideally before it gets too cold outside. When the furnace turns on, the dust on these components could burn off and you may smell a bit of smoke. If it happens briefly, it’s usually fine; however, if the smell persists, contact a licensed HVAC professional.

Tip #4. If your HVAC fresh air and exhaust pipes are near ground level, make sure they are clear and not blocked by snow or leaves.

Tip #5. Regularly check all your vents to make sure they aren’t blocked. Vents that are blocked could make your furnace work even harder to heat your home, they could leave cold spots in your home, or they could cause damage to whatever is blocking the vent.

Tip #6. At this time of year, when windows are closed and furnaces start to run, you may notice an increase in allergies as the warm air in the ducts starts to move dust that has been settled for a while. Consider having your ducts cleaned to keep allergies to a minimum.

Tip #7. Running your HVAC system can be costly! Installing a thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature based on a pre-determined schedule will allow you to lower the temperature slightly when everyone is asleep or nobody is home, and raise the temperature when everyone is at home. (Note: avoid shutting off your HVAC system for very long during the winter, especially if your temperatures drop below freezing—this could lead to frozen pipes that burst and cause a mess!)

Summary

This holiday season, the last thing you want to do is worry about whether you are warm and comfortable. Wouldn’t you rather sip hot chocolate in the comfort of a warm home? Of course, you would! These 7 tips will help ensure that this festive season remains a comfortable one for you and your family.

Your home is an investment, and your home’s HVAC system is an investment in the comfort and safety of your family. A well-maintained HVAC system is an important part of your home. Homeowners who take the time to care for their HVAC systems will get a long life out of their systems and save money and time in the long-run while enjoying a comfortable home year ‘round.

Use these tips to help you:

#1. Clean the fan blades and coils near the end of fall. Falling leaves from trees can clog up your air
conditioning unit’s fan and coils so clear it out after the leaves have fallen, and don’t let too many
leaves pile up around the unit. Pay particular attention to grass clippings while mowing and when you use a leaf blower. Note: make sure to turn off the power before cleaning the unit.

#2. Have your HVAC system serviced twice per year, in the fall and the spring. This type if preventative maintenance is highly necessary to ward off any expensive troubles from coming your way.

#3. As the temperature outside drops, remember to turn off your outdoor condenser unit. This means that you should turn it off to prevent damage if the weather falls under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure your system works well each year, which could save you quite a bit in repair costs.

#4. Equipping your home with a programmable thermostat can be an excellent way to cut utility costs. In fact, you can save as much as 10 percent on both heating and cooling when you turn your thermostat down by 10-15 percent for at least 8 hours daily. Some can even be controlled from a computer or
smartphone.

#5. Clean your ducts and filters. As temperatures drop, HVAC systems will run, and can burn off the dust that has accumulated over the summer. To avoid a smoky smell, and to avoid blowing dust around your home, have your ducts and filters cleaned.

#6. Walk around your home and check to make sure there is no furniture blocking the vents. Not only do blocked vents make your HVAC system work unnecessarily harder, it can also be dangerous to have something sitting on a hot vent for too long! It is important that you take care of your unit. When HVAC systems fail, they can be costly to repair. But these tips can help to prolong the life of your HVAC unit and keep your family safe and comfortable
for many years.