Your HVAC system is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in your home. It is responsible for providing you with comfortable temperatures year-round, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, if you don’t care for your HVAC system seasonally, you can overwork it, leading to a shorter lifespan and costly repairs.
Here are five tips to winterize your HVAC:
1. Schedule Preventative Maintenance
First up on the steps to winterize your HVAC system is scheduling preventative maintenance to ensure everything is running correctly. Having the system inspected in the fall is best so you can prepare for the demands of winter.
If your unit is outside, this is also an excellent time to trim anything surrounding it. You want to clear any vines or weeds and remove any debris like twigs. Be careful not to damage any connections around the unit in the process.
2. Change Filters
Seasonal maintenance is also an opportunity to change your filters. Clogged filters diminish the airflow through the system, forcing it to work harder and decreasing its efficiency. Not to mention, changing your filters is actually one of the least expensive ways to keep your system running smoothly but one we often ignore. You can also clean the air vents and registers, which is helpful to those with allergies.
3. Adjust Thermostat Settings
Your thermostat’s settings and timing are essential to keeping your home comfortable. However, setting the temperatures too high in the winter can overwork the system. Similarly, raising the temperature doesn’t help heat your home more quickly. Double-check your temperature settings to make they’re set appropriately.
If you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a newer one. Newer models make it easier to program your preferred temperatures at different times during the day. Adjusting your thermostat settings can also help you save on energy costs.
4. Use an AC Unit Cover
If you have an outdoor AC unit, you can purchase a cover to keep ice and snow off it. Doing so can help extend its lifespan. This extra step of precaution is another inexpensive way to keep your unit running smoothly.
5. Check Your Insulation
While insulation is not strictly part of your HVAC system, it plays an important role. Insulation is vital for the proper heating and cooling of your home. If there are any gaps in the insulation, more heat will escape from your home, causing your system to work harder and reducing its lifespan.
Get Your HVAC Ready for Winter
Your HVAC system is critical to your comfort throughout the cold winter months. In order to winterize your HVAC system, it is best to have it inspected before the temperatures suddenly decrease. Changing filters, cleaning air vents and registers, and checking thermostat settings helps keep the system running smoothly. Additionally, using an air conditioning unit cover and checking your insulation can also help lengthen your HVAC system’s lifespan.
At Moyer, we provide HVAC preventative maintenance. Regularly servicing your HVAC system will help prevent sudden issues from arising and keeps your system running longer and more efficiently. We offer 24-hr emergency service. Call us today at 215-799-2019 to request a service call or learn more about our maintenance plans.