As winter begins to draw near, it is time to switch off your A/C and start running the heaters. During this period, HVAC systems are likely to break down and pile up costly repairs. To avoid this, it is important to take preparative steps to ensure that it runs at its optimal performance.
By preparing your HVAC system, you are able to lower costs and avoid costly repairs.
Now that you are turning off the air conditioner in favor of the heater, you will need to check and see if the filter needs to be changed. The number one reason for breakdowns in HVAC systems is caused by dirty filters. When a filter goes unchanged, the dirt is able to pass through into the system and cause damage. Moreover, using a dirty filter is very inefficient and can cause your bill to rise.
It is important to make sure that you are keeping up with how often you are changing your filter. It needs to be changed at least every 30 days, no more than 90. To make life a little easier for yourself, keep backups in your home to make sure you stay up to date on your filters.
While in the milder parts of the seasons, it might be a good idea to start testing your furnace. At least 3 times before the weather gets too cold, turn on your heater to make sure that it is running correctly. It is not uncommon for furnaces to have problems starting while they aren’t being used, such as squirrels and other small animals getting stuck inside and dust buildup. Nothing is worse than the frigid weather coming through when your heater isn’t working. Turn on the furnace to make sure that you are prepared and warm when winter hits.
As stated previously, a lot of problems can start to build up during the warmer months when the heater isn’t being used. To make sure that everything will run smoothly before turning it on, do your own inspection. Check to see that the ventilation is all clear of debris and living creatures. Additionally, look at anything that surrounds the furnace as well. If there is anything closer than 3 feet to the unit, make sure to remove it before turning it on. If there is a lot of stuff around the furnace, it reduces airflow and causes them to break down and not operate properly. Nothing should be on it either.
If your furnace is in an area that you cannot reach on your own, be sure to contact professionals to conduct the inspection for you.
With anything that you want to last a long time, it’s so important to take care of it. By doing things like changing the filter and conducting an inspection, you are taking steps to care for your furnace. However, there are some things that are better-taken care of by professionals.
A furnace emits dangerous elements to produce heat that is difficult for homeowners without experiences to deal with, such as carbon monoxide and natural gas. Additionally, the flame inside the furnace needs to be inspected every year to make sure it’s burning safely and efficiently. An HVAC technician can also clean the entire system, improving indoor air quality and extending the lifespan of the system.
Professionals at All Seasons Heating & Cooling want you to be able to stay safe and warm all winter long. They are readily available to help you prepare for this coming winter, as well as any HVAC repairs that you may need.