How to prepare your HVAC system for winter?
As the cold season approaches and the temperatures drop, you’ll find that your utility bills will increase, mostly because of heating costs. However, if you schedule HVAC repair and maintenance in advance, you can cut your electricity usage therefore adding to the life of your HVAC system.
1. Inspect the HVAC unit.
Most HVAC systems can last as long as 20 years, if properly maintained, before they need to be replaced. Inspect your unit to see if it’s still functioning properly and efficiently. If not, contact a HVAC repair service to have it fixed or replaced. While this may involve some initial costs, it will save you money in the long run and make your house warmer as well as safer. Make sure you check the system long before the onset of winter. If you discover that you need heat pump repair, for instance, you may be stuck for a number of days in freezing weather.
2. Change the filter.
In some cases, an inefficient HVAC unit may be caused by an old filter. Make sure you hire a HVAC repair company to change the filters and examine the unit. The filter has to be replaced or cleaned at least once a month due to dirt deposits. Also, you should make sure you don’t need heat pump repair before the cold season starts as they are expensive and require time to be replaced.
3.Update the thermostat.
Most old HVAC systems were equipped with mercury thermostats. This means that you can set the temperature to what you think is adequate, but, in fact, the heat will exceed your desired temperature, causing unnecessary usage of electricity. Digital thermostats are more accurate, plus they come with features like programing of your heating to go on or off at desired intervals of time. These features are very useful as you can set up the system to start before you wake up or switch off after you’ve left home and forgot to shut it off. Updating the thermostat falls into HVAC repair duties so don’t hesitate to ask.
4. Clean the ducts.
The system’s heating ducts should be cleaned periodically to allow for efficient heating and provide fresh, clean air. Make sure there are no dents, punctures or disconnected parts. Damaged ducts will conduct to an inefficient heating process as warm air will be wasted. It is difficult to inspect the ducts on your own, so you’d better let a HVAC repair specialist do it. They can also inspect the system’s belts, motors and switches as well as perform a heat pump repair or a thermostat update.
Following the advice above will make you feel safer during winter time and will also improve your HVAC system’s longevity. If you’re still insecure on how to proceed, I recommend calling B&B Plumbing, Heating & Air. They are servicing Columbia, SC homeowners for over 11 years, and they have gained a respectable reputation within the area. Don’t delay your HVAC repair for long, call now at (803) 237-4626.