26 Aug Cool Weather is On It’s Way! Is Your HVAC System Ready?
Your home is one of your greatest assets, and your HVAC heating system or furnace is a valuable part of your home, particularly on those cool evenings and chilly mornings when you really need it! October is the month when most homes begin to turn on the furnace to ward off the evening chill, but is your HVAC system ready to perform throughout the cooler months this year? Now is the time to check your HVAC system and call in your HVAC company for maintenance and repairs, before the winter rush begins.
Seasonal maintenance is the single most important factor in ensuring your HVAC system and furnace continue to function correctly. Seasonal HVAC maintenance in Spring and Fall each year can save you hundreds of dollars on expensive repairs or HVAC replacement by catching problems early. An air conditioning contractor can review your system using a comprehensive checklist that covers cleaning and changing the filters, tuning up system components, making sure the thermostat is correct, duct cleaning or duct repair and assessment of any damage.
Many homeowners neglect regular HVAC maintenance and pay no attention to the system until there is an issue. However, this could leave you without heating for several days in the coldest months of the year when HVAC contractors receive hundreds of calls from customers in the same situation. Booking HVAC maintenance early will save you time and money in the long run, while ensuring a better functioning system when you need it. For professional maintenance, call your HVAC contractor, but in between biannual tune ups, you can check your HVAC system yourself.
Check Air Flow
If you haven’t paid your HVAC system much attention in a while, you may want to start by cleaning and changing the filters. Check the air flow by standing under the vents in each room and assessing whether the air flow is normal or if there are any blockages, unusual sounds or strange smells. If you hear any vibrating, rattling or knocking sounds, report these to your HVAC professional for a complete assessment.
If you notice that your HVAC system doesn’t appear to be heating or cooling your home adequately or the thermostat gauge is showing the incorrect temperature, your thermostat could be experiencing difficulties. Be sure to report this to your HVAC contractor when they visit.
You can also determine the ideal temperature setting for your HVAC system during the winter months to keep you warm while conserving energy usage. 68 degrees is a good setting to stay warm while conserving energy usage, and for every degree lower you set the thermostat, you can save up to 5% on energy costs.
Inspect the HVAC Unit
If you feel comfortable doing so, disconnect the power and inspect the HVAC unit. Do not attempt to alter or repair any electrical parts, but visually inspect the unit for any obvious signs of damage, such as a broken fan belt or dirty coils. You can remove any leaves, branches or dirt that may have accumulated in an outdoor unit. Issues within the HVAC unit should always be repaired by an HVAC professional to avoid electrocution or damage to the HVAC system.
Be sure to have your HVAC system tuned up early in advance of the winter months so you can stay warm and toasty in the chilly weather while saving on your utility and repair bills.