Fall and its beautiful, changing colors have been cooling down the weather, letting us know that temperatures will be dropping even more to make room for winter.
If you have already taken steps to prepare your heating system for the colder months ahead, you should be ready to enjoy a warm and cozy home. However, if you have not prepared your home for the colder months ahead, it is time you start thinking about it.
First Things First, Schedule a Professional HVAC Inspection and Tune-Up: Don’t let the winter set in without having your HVAC system inspected by a professional technician. A well-maintained system will run more efficiently, providing better heating while minimizing energy consumption, and certified techs can identify and address any potential issues, ensuring your system is in good working condition.
If your HVAC system inspection happened recently, you can still take a few steps to be in even better shape for winter.
- Breathe Cleaner Air & Change Your Air Filters: To keep up with the cold outdoor temperatures, your HVAC system will be working harder in the winter, so be sure to change or clean your filters regularly; dirty filters can restrict airflow and reduce heating efficiency.
- Keep Drafts Away & Seal Any Leaks: Look beyond your HVAC system and check for drafts and air leaks in your home, especially around doors and windows. Help keep a consistent temperature inside your home by sealing these air gaps with weather-stripping material or caulk. Also, check your ducts for any leaks or damage, as they can waste energy and reduce your HVAC system’s effectiveness.
- Cozy Up Your Home & Check the Insulation: Check your insulation and make any necessary upgrades, especially in the attic and walls. A well-insulated home retains heat better, making it easier for your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature.
- Check for Outdoor Debris: If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, make sure it is free from debris and vegetation to reduce the risk of reduced airflow.
- Use Smart Tools to Your Advantage: Program your smart thermostat to adjust the temperature according to different times of the day. Especially in winter, program the temperature to be lower while you’re away or sleeping, and increase it when you’re at home.
Don’t wait until winter is in full effect, and take these steps to prepare your HVAC system.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at E. Smith! To make an appointment or to speak with our team members, contact us here.