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Sometimes winter arrives out of nowhere… being prepared ahead of time will keep you and your family from being left in the cold. Read our 7-Step Winter HVAC To Do List and get started today!
So now that winter is nearly upon us, it’s time to tune up your HVAC system! Why now? You don’t want a big winter storm to catch you off guard and possible damage or permanently break your unit components! Nor do you want to spend loads of money on a last-minute HVAC repair. Don’t suffer from a broken heating unit as the icy winds blow through your home.
Timely HVAC preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance year round. Let’s put it this way – you wouldn’t drive your car 20,000 miles without changing the oil. Your HVAC system, likewise, is a complex system that needs fine tuning to continue producing the optimal output level of clean, warm air.
Living in a winter wonderland, you need to take some extra steps to prepare for this holiday season. There’s a lot to do! But don’t feel overwhelmed just yet! For your convenience, we’ve made things simple by organizing this ultimate HVAC winter to-do list:
Ensure that your heating equipment is in top shape before winter by hiring the right technician for a quick inspection. As the winter months approach, you should call your provider to performs regular tune-ups and inspections of home and commercial HVAC systems.
You should aim to identify and fix up all the inefficiencies in your HVAC system before they become serious problems. You should check for the following issues:
All modern air conditioners have two fundamental functions: to remove heat and lower room temperature, remove moisture to lower relative humidity.
During early winter, your HVAC system probably doesn’t run as often. This makes sense considering that most people wouldn’t normally prefer air conditioning when it’s 70-degrees outdoors. However, you may still need to run the AC to remove moisture if the relative humidity is uncomfortably high.
You may have noticed that in some places of your home you feel comfortable even when the AC is turned off. Meanwhile, in other rooms, you start feeling sweaty or clammy despite a supposedly comfortable temperature. If you experience the latter too often at home, it’s safe to assume that your HVAC probably has a humidity problem.
To know for sure, monitor the relative humidity using a humidistat (available online or at any home improvement store). A battery-powered humidistat can help you accurately detect the relative humidity (RH) at your home or workplace. If you don’t control the humidity of the building, mildew will grow in the vents or condensation can leak into the electronic wiring of lightings and causes spark hazards. During the winter month, snow will continuously melt and freeze again, creating even more moisture within the building’s ceiling that may seep into the HVAC.
Your HVAC isn’t doing enough to remove moisture in the air when the humidistat detects RH at 65% or higher consistently. In that case, try out the following fixes:
However, the RH may still shoot up higher than anticipated every now and again, especially so when the outside temperature is too low to keep the AC running smoothly. As a contingency, you might want to…
Replace your temporary furnace filter or do some cleaning if you are using a permanent filter. This step is a relatively easy and straightforward task that you should be able to do all by yourself without requiring professional help.
You can find your furnace filter near your indoor HVAC equipment – either by a register in the equipment cabinet or along with the ductwork. If you’re still unable to find or access it, contact your local HVAC companies for assistance.
You can purchase most filter from around $5-60, depending on the type of HVAC system you have. The right air filter can prevent allergic reactions from pet dander, dust buildup, and mold.
Blocked airflow is the most common factor in preventing your HVAC from running optimally. Rake around the outdoor equipment and remove anything that can potentially clog the condenser. Remove all the fallen leaves and trim dangling branches of any trees outside that could interfere with the efficiency of the unit. If a winter storm hits, scrubs and other vegetation can freeze over and block airflow to the indoors.
Not just that, we also recommend that you thoroughly clean the condenser as it can add to the lifespan of your equipment in addition to boosting efficiency.
Do you sometimes unexpectedly feel a cool breeze even when the heater is turned on? This situation usually happens when you have air leaks around your doors and windows. Air leaks compromise the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase your utility bills by allowing hot air to escape outside since your HVAC system has to spend more time getting your home up to the desired temperature.
Thankfully, you can patch this yourself with some insulation, caulk, or weather stripping – just make sure to detect all possible leakages.
You should be wary of carbon monoxide buildup as it may be lethal. Certain heating devices can release these dangerous gases that you need to control. You should always make sure to timely change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most digital equipment comes with an automatic reminder.
When it comes to HVAC tune-up, there are certain tasks best left to professionals.
Heating systems are essentially a combination of highly sensitive equipment that requires regular maintenance to enhance performance and operational efficiency. Thus, we recommend scheduling a visit by a professional HVAC maintenance crew before winter sets in and other issues arise.
A trusted HVAC maintenance team will take care of all essential cleaning and inspect your HVAC system in and out to detect flaws and scopes for improvement.
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