As winter draws near, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is ready to support optimal performance. This blog covers four tips for preparing your HVAC system for winter to avoid breakdowns, inefficiency, and costly repairs. The best time for HVAC maintenance is definitely spring and fall, when your AC and furnace are going to be needed the least. There are some things you can do on your own to prepare your system for winter, while other things should be taken care of by your local HVAC technician. Are you in Flemington and would like to ensure that your system is running in tip-top shape before you need it the most? Reach out to the pros at Davis Heating & Cooling today to schedule routine HVAC maintenance today!
4 Tips for Preparing Your HVAC System for Winter
It’s crucial that you are proactive about maintaining your HVAC system. That way, you can maximize savings through improved energy efficiency and the avoidance of costly repairs or breakdowns. Here are four things you can do to prepare your HVAC system for winter!
#1: Change Your Air Filters
The number one way to prevent most problems that emerge in your HVAC system is to regularly change the filter. Most filters actually require changing every three months or so. Changing them every season is an easy way to keep track of the last time your filters were changed.
Besides improving the longevity and reliability of your HVAC system, changing your air filters comes with some other benefits as well, such as reducing the amount of dust, dirt, and other pollutants are in your system and making it so that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your house, saving you money.
#2: Re-Program Your Thermostat
If you haven’t set your thermostat up for winter yet, fall is the time to do it. We recommend a temperature of around 68 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal energy efficiency. You can also program it for a lower temperature, say 65 degrees Fahrenheit, when nobody is at home, to help increase savings. Don’t have a programmable thermostat? Now is definitely the time to buy them, as they are inexpensive and can lead to some serious savings year-round.
#3: Clean Your Vents & Air Ducts
Have you ever turned on your heater after a few seasons of disuse to be greeted by an unpleasant burning smell? Most of the time, this is your HVAC system burning up the dust and debris that has accumulated in it during the year. Getting your vents and ducts cleaned will help prevent the smell — and, while we’re in there conducting a cleaning, our HVAC technicians can also inspect for leaks, dents, or any other significant problems.
#4: Turn on Your Furnace a Few Times While It’s Still Mild Outside
Before it gets cold out, it’s a good idea to test your furnace to make sure it works and there are no major issues. If it doesn’t turn on or some other problem has developed during the off-season, feel free to reach out Davis Heating & Cooling for furnace repair.
Are You Ready for Winter?
Winter is nearly here, and part of getting your home ready for it is making sure your HVAC system and particularly your furnace are in good working order. If you are in Flemington and would like help preparing your system for the winter — whether through duct cleaning, furnace repair, or some other service — contact Davis Heating & Cooling today!