Another year is behind us and we are facing an even tougher fall and winter than in season’s past. COVID concerns and weather extremes mean prepping for the season has never been more important. Ensure a comfortable home and peak heating system performance with these tips.
Don’t let your system struggle to push air through a dirty air filter. Reduce energy bills and ensure fresh, clean air with a new air filter. This season, consider an air filter upgrade to remove even more pollutants from the air, such as dust, pollen, dander, mold, bacteria, and viruses. Throughout the season, be sure to change your air filter every 30-90 days, at a minimum, for optimum performance and air quality.
Clear away any grass and weeds that may have grown around your outside unit over the summer. Keep a clear zone of at least two feet surrounding your system to reduce the likelihood of pest infiltration, as well as fire hazards. Keeping this area clear dramatically impacts performance, preventing your system from struggling to operate and extending its lifespan.
Now that summer is over, adjust temperature settings to a tolerable winter temperature to avoid astronomical heating bills. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat for additional savings. Smart thermostats have come down considerably in price in recent years. They are easy to operate, learning your schedule and altering temperatures so that you aren’t paying to heat your home while you’re away. Learn more.
Do you know that old joke about heating the whole neighborhood? Properly insulating, including sealing leaks around windows, doors, and pipes, keeps more of that warm, conditioned air where you want it – in your home.
Avoid the need for repairs during extreme weather conditions. Prep your unit for winter now to ensure low energy bills, quiet air conditioner operation, and dependable winter performance. Now is the time for a tune-up before emergency calls lead to extended wait times. Remember, routine maintenance is key to preserving the warranty on a newer heating system.
If your system is older, it’s a good idea to have your system evaluated for safety and performance before freezing winter weather arrives. An HVAC pro can let you know in advance if your older system is likely to last another winter. They can also ensure it’s running safely, cleaning it, checking electrical connections, testing airflow, and inspecting it for issues that could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.