Winter is almost on your doorstep and it is that time of the year when you need to make sure that your HVAC system is operating effectively and safely. Surely your wallet will thank you for performing these dollar saving energy efficiency-boosting measures.
Ways to prepare your HVAC for winter
Flip Your Thermostat
Admit it or not, it is quite easy to forget about this basic task. The fall weather commonly fluctuates between chilly and scorching every day, you get busy with the many different year-end activities, and you won’t even notice that you are still cooling your home when you should already be heating. While doing so, be sure that your thermostat is functioning properly. When you switch it on, listen to the system, and be sure that the HVAC Florence SC unit starts operating right away. And it has to go without saying that you have to test the system well before you need heat regularly.
Changing filters is something that you need to do seasonally, at a minimum, if not every month. It is an easy and quick task that can go a long way when it comes to preserving the life of your HVAC system. If you fail to do this, it can result in a clogged filter, which can reduce air flow. It also means the heating and cooling unit needs to work much harder leading to a higher utility bill. It also means the air quality in your home is decreased.
Clean the Chimney
For those who need to use their fireplace during the winter season, another important thing that needs to be done is to check the chimney. In case there is a buildup of soot or an obstruction, you will be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be very deadly. Don’t forget that gas fireplaces also need to be inspected.
Inspect the Cracks
If you notice cold drafts getting in from windows and doors, it means heat is leaking out. As a matter of fact, industry estimates reveal that about 10% of the heat loss in a house happens in these locations. Think about basic upgrades to preserve energy like caulking, weather stripping, as well as heavy drapes.
Check your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an odorless and clear gas that you won’t be able to detect on your own. If you want to keep your family safe, it is a must to test your detectors to make sure that they are working correctly.
Clear The Area Around The Furnace
Never make your furnace your storage place. Get rid of objects from around, on top of, in front of, the heat pump and air vents especially items that are flammable. You should also never store items like paints, gas-powered tools, and lawnmowers.
Get a Tune Up
A yearly tune-up on your furnace can make sure that your system is in good condition and working at peak performance. Florence HVAC Experts will inspect and clean up the burners, check the safety controls, check the venting and terminations, look for loose or frayed wires, and for signs of leaks and deterioration.
Call Florence HVAC Experts if you need help in preparing your heating and cooling system for winter. You can reach our office by calling (843) 636-3260.
Florence HVAC Experts
Florence, SC 29501