4 Tips to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter
The summer season is drawing to a close, and we’re sure you’re looking forward to lower energy bills and cooler weather. But, just because your HVAC system survived the South Carolina summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be conducting critical maintenance for the coming season.
It’s essential to be proactive about maintaining our HVAC equipment to enjoy the most savings on preventable repairs and breakdowns. In this guide, we’re going to tell you what to keep an eye out for this fall to ensure your system is ready to keep you warm this winter.
Change Your Air Filter
It might seem silly, but ensuring you change your air filter regularly is the number one way to prevent the most common heating and air problems. Because most filters need to be replaced every three months, changing yours every time the season changes is the easiest way to remember when your system needs a new filter.
Frequently changing your air filter has other benefits as well. Because dust, dirt, and other pollutants clog the filter, the system will work much harder to draw air from your home. This means the system has to work harder to heat the house and costs you more money in energy.
Clean Your Vents and Air Ducts
Have you ever turned your heater on for the first time in nearly a year, only to be greeted by a foul, burning smell? In most cases, this is just your heating system burning dust and debris which have accumulated throughout the year.
By giving your vents and any accessible ducts a dusting and cleaning, you’ll prevent this smell from occurring. You might also consider getting a professional duct cleaning this fall. In addition to a thorough cleaning, your HVAC technician will inspect the ducts for leakages, dents, or any other significant problems.
Re-Program Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great way to maintain a comfortable home while saving energy. But, if you don’t have a program set for the winter already, now is the time to set it up. Most HVAC professionals recommend a temperature around 68 degrees while you’re at home for optimal energy efficiency.
When nobody is at home, maintain a temperature of around 65 degrees. It might seem like you’ll save more money by keeping it lower, but the amount of time your heat will need to run to “catch up” when you get home outweighs the savings quickly.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat yet, now is the perfect time to buy one.
Get a Professional Maintenance Service
Spring and Fall are the best times of year to schedule professional maintenance. Having a professional heating and air technician come out and inspect your equipment allows you to rest easy knowing your system is ready to tackle the challenges of the coming season.
Identifying potential problems before they lead to a costly and uncomfortable breakdown is the best way to save time and money on your heating and air expenses.