It’s winter—and it’s time for your HVAC system to take on some tasks. But if it’s poorly maintained, that means higher energy bills and poor comfort for you and your family.
Help your system operate efficiently this cold season by completing these basic HVAC maintenance tips.
Get a Professional HVAC Inspection
If you haven’t had it in the fall, then now is the time to do so. Having your unit inspected at least once a year is a key element of your preventive maintenance checklist. During the inspection, your technician will clean, recalibrate, and optimize your system so it will perform efficiently.
Invest in New Air Filters
We’ve said it a million times, but we’ll say it again—REPLACE YOUR FILTERS! Dirty and clogged filters will make your furnace work harder than it should. Do your system a favor by keeping up with monthly filter replacement for clean and breathable indoor air.
Give Your Vents a Deep Clean
The same day that you had your filters replaced is also a great time to have your vents cleaned. Vacuuming the vents helps prevent clogging and IAQ issues and allows clean and free airflow. Before the winter gets into full swing, be sure to walk around every room in the house and check the vents for blockages.
Reinforce Your Home Insulation
While it feels like insulation isn’t really a part of your HVAC equipment, it plays an important role in your overall comfort. Make sure the attic, walls, and floors are well insulated to retain warm air indoors during the cold winter months. This allows your system to work less while still maintaining your home’s desired temperature.
Fix Those Drafts
You may not know it, but drafts can do more than making your energy bills go up—they also make your home less comfortable. Even the smallest leak around your doors and windows can change your indoor temperature by a few degrees. If left unsolved, these leaks will force your system to work longer than necessary.
As we head into the winter months, give your HVAC system the attention and care it deserves. These simple maintenance tips should prevent those nasty surprises that you may encounter this winter.
If something goes wrong with your system, feel free to call Fire and Ice Heating & Air for expert solutions.