As the seasons change, so will your heating and cooling needs. Fall will soon turn into those dreadful winter months, increasing our demand for warmer spaces and cozy fireplaces. Smart homeowners know the importance of making sure their HVAC system is working properly to keep up with seasonal demands. Failure to monitor your HVAC system can result in a costly emergency heating repair and an uncomfortable atmosphere. Here are four simple tips to ensure your heating system is ready for winter:
KEEP UP WITH MAINTENANCE
Regular maintenance is the most efficient way to avoid emergency heating repair. Most furnace manufacturers recommend a tuneup every fall, allowing a service technician to do a full cleaning of your system, perform a detailed system check, and make any necessary adjustments to your heating and cooling unit. Also, make sure you are doing your part with simple DIY maintenance of your system. Regularly change your filters every three months, and make sure your outside unit is not covered with debris. These two minor steps are a easy, affordable way to avoid emergency heating issues when winter arrives.
HEED WARNING SIGNS
Usually, HVAC systems will warn their owners of pending problems. Small but significant changes will occur, and are often heard or able to be seen while your furnace is in operation. If you notice:
- Loud noises
- Hot and cold spots throughout the home
- Frequent on/off cycling
- A weak airflow
- or unpleasant odors
You should contact a heating and cooling repair specialist immediately. They can quickly diagnose any of the above issues, and possibly prevent a small problem from turning into a more costly repair later on.
GIVE YOUR SYSTEM A BREAK
Your cooling system has worked hard all summer, and is ready to pass the torch to your heating system for those icy, colder months. Consider giving your system a much needed break during the fall while the weather is more tolerable. It may be tempting to raise the thermostat a few degrees higher when the temperature outside dips; however, doing this puts an extra strain on your furnace and increases wear and tear. HVAC experts suggest keeping your thermostat at a number that is closest to the temperature outside, and wearing extra clothing if you are slightly cold. Checking your windows and doors for leaks or drafts is another way to prevent your system from overworking.
WATCH YOUR HUMIDITY LEVEL
Not maintaining the proper level of humidity inside your home not only impacts your HVAC system, but it may damage your electronics, furnishings, and cause physical ailments. Excessive dry air may cause nosebleeds, dry, itchy skin, and increase your chances of contracting the flu or catching a cold. Dry air can also cause that annoying static electric shock we experience when we touch certain items inside our house. Lastly, failing to maintain a proper humidity level increases the need to raise the temperature because the system must work harder to heat the home. This also results in higher energy bills, multiplying winter costs for your wallet. You can easily maintain the correct humidity level by purchasing a smart thermostat or hygrometer.
Hopefully, your HVAC system is prepared to keep you warm and cozy for the winter! Don’t get caught without your heating system working properly. Avoid costly emergency heating repairs and contact us to ensure your home is winter-proof ready!