It may seem a bit early in the year to worry about the heating equipment you’ll be losing throughout the winter season, but now’s the best time to get it out of the way. Here are a few tips on what your HVAC winter prep should include:
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Quality heating equipment is built to last for many years, but that doesn’t mean it won’t require regular maintenance. Hiring a technician to perform a check of the system once per year will not only ensure its efficiency and save you money, but will keep it running for a longer period of time.
Change the Filters
Air filters do a fantastic job at keeping dust and allergens from being redistributed throughout your home. Unfortunately, their effectiveness also means that it doesn’t take too longer before they’re heavily clogged, which can negatively impact the system’s efficiency. If you neglected to repalce the filter at the end of the last winter season, now’s the time to check it and see if a new filter is required.
Test the Thermostat
Like most equipment connected to your heating and cooling needs, thermostats are resilient and will last many years. That doesn’t mean they’re perfect, though. Problems can occur, which is why it’s important that you test the thermostat before the start of a taxing season. If your system takes a while to reach the desired temperature or displays other problems, it might be time to retire the unit and pick up a new model.
Fix Air Leaks in Your Ductwork
Air leaks in any part of your home can decrease your heating equipment’s efficiency, but those found in your ductwork can be especially vexing. Tears, holes, and similar issues will force your system to work harder than it normally would, ruining its efficiency and costing you money. Fixing these leaks, which is a project you can tackle yourself, will do wonders.
For more tips on HVAC winter prep of your equipment or any other home comfort questions, please contact the friendly professionals at Cool Power. We’ve been serving the needs of Long Island since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC prep and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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