Happy Halloween everyone! With November practically here, now is a good time to winterize your property, if you have not so done so already. To help you winterize your home, we at The Appliance Doctor present the do’s and don’ts when it comes to winterizing your HVAC system, to help ensure that your property will not only be cozy during the winter but also safe and energy efficient. Need help winterizing your HVAC system? Please call us at 970-623-0152.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Winterizing Your HVAC System
Do Have An HVAC Inspection
It’s recommended that you have your HVAC system inspected to ensure that all is running as it should. Inspections can save you money by catching any issues before they become critical.
Do Clean Your Filters
Clean HVAC filters ensure better air quality and better HVAC efficiency, as the system doesn’t have to work as hard. Even if you have a high-quality HVAC system, HVAC filters will still get dirty over time. As a general rule, HVAC filters should be replaced every 3 months or so.
Do Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clear
Keep the area clear around your furnace and other components of your HVAC system (such as vents and water heaters). Doing so reduces fire hazards as well as ensures the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Don’t Forget To Test Your Thermostat
Be sure to turn off AC mode on your thermostat; otherwise, running the heat while on this mode can be costly.
Do Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
Make sure your carbon monoxide detector works properly, and replace the batteries if needed.
Don’t “Set It and Forget It”
Don’t simply set the temperature on your thermostat and forget it, as this can cost you money in the long run. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature several degrees lower for several hours a day when nobody is at home.
Don’t Wait Too Long To Turn On Your Furnace
Make sure your furnace works properly now instead of waiting till the first frost. Why? By doing so now, you can catch any potential problems rather than finding out on a cold winter night.
Don’t Wrap The AC Unit in Plastic
While you should cover your AC unit for the winter, don’t wrap the condenser in plastic. Why? Plastic is nonbreathable, and any moisture caught inside can lead to rust. Instead, use a cover specifically intended for AC units.
Don’t Use The Carbon Monoxide Detector As An Excuse to Skip An HVAC Inspection
Your carbon monoxide detector should be your second line of defense, not a substitute for an annual inspection.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Need help winterizing? Give us a call! Schedule an HVAC inspection with us at 970-623-0152. Regular maintenance will ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly, no matter the season. Big plus: a properly working HVAC system is cost-efficient. When your heating system does what it is supposed to do, you save money. Call us today to schedule regular inspections before your heating system gives you problems. We are here and happy to help you get your house cozy for winter.