Preparing for winter means getting your home, furnace, vents, and more ready as well. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to consider the regular maintenance you need to do to your HVAC system. In fact, right now is the ideal time for any sort of preparation for the winter weather whether it be your heating systems or your home in general. Here are a few critical elements you should check and maintain before the colder weather really hits the area!
- Insulation: No matter what season it is, the insulation plays a huge role in keeping your house comfortable. As the air is getting colder, you’ll be able to feel drafts where the insulation is insufficient. Even small drafts can cause your heating or AC to work harder than it needs to. Usually, you can have issues in the attic, roof, exterior walls, entry doors, windows, or a combination of these.
- Furnace Maintenance: Every year, your furnace needs to be checked. Since it’s been sitting for the entire summer, something might have happened without your knowledge; it might run poorly this season or not run at all. Things like the chimney need to be cleaned, flues need to be inspected for leaks, and more. You don’t want your furnace going out when it gets super cold because of a maintenance issue.
- Replace Air Filters: Air filters help keep the air quality in the house clean. On average, it needs to be replaced every one to three months, depending on how dusty the house gets. A dirty air filter not only affects the quality of the air in the home, but it can also cause your HVAC unit to stop working.
- Unblock the Vents: While you’re replacing the air filter, make sure the vents are clear. This allows the air to blow freely through the unit and helps the thermostat get an accurate reading on the house.
- Replace A Unit: If your system is old or seems to be on its last leg, the best thing to do is replace it. Not only will you be able to get a more energy-efficient model, but your energy bill will be significantly less than with your old unit. You’ll also notice that your home will feel more comfortable this winter.
- Scheduled an Inspection: While there are some maintenance things you might be able to do on your own, it may not be enough. When you schedule routine maintenance, our team at A1 Comfort Heating and Cooling will give the unit a thorough check making sure it’s running at peak performance. To each one of our clients, we offer Service Warranty with routine maintenance. With our furnace inspections, we have a 15-point inspection carefully checking over every piece it has.
Don’t wait to get your home winter-ready. Contact A1 Comfort Heating and Cooling today!