Winter weather can be extremely difficult on your home’s heating and air system. If a new heating and air system is not what you want for a holiday gift this season, it’s important to take the necessary steps now to ensure your current system continues working efficiently. From checking your filter to enlisting the help of a professional, here are a few tips to ensure that your HVAC system keeps your family warm during the cold season.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Your HVAC system worked hard to keep your family cool this summer. Now, it’s about to switch gears and keep your home heated all winter long. Before the cold really sets in, it’s important to have your system tuned up by a professional. A licensed HVAC technician will perform a careful inspection of your system and ensure that everything is working correctly. He or she will even clean and polish a few of the components to allow for maximum efficiency. It’s better to schedule your HVAC tune-up sooner rather than later as it allows for any necessary repairs to be made before things get too cold.
Replace Your Filters
The air filter on your HVAC system should be changed frequently. Professionals recommend switching it out every 90 days. If you have an animal inside your home, it should be replaced every 60 days. A clean filter allows for maximum air intake and reduces the allergens and dust that circulate through your home. Plus, it ensures that your system runs smoothly without having to overwork.
Invest in A Programmable Thermostat
If you’re still working with an older style dial thermostat or one that requires you to manually change the temperature each time you need an adjustment, it’s time for an upgrade. A programmable thermostat allows you to set a heating and cooling schedule, depending on the schedule of your family. If no one is at your house between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, why heat your house? Simply adjust your program and your HVAC system will run more efficiently. You’ll also save money on your monthly utility bill.
Examine Your System Regularly
Even though you scheduled a tune-up, it’s still important to keep an eye on your HVAC system. Each time you swap out your air filter, look for any leaks or holes that may be present. These leaks will require your system to run for longer to heat your home, costing you more money each month. In some cases, leaks can also produce safety risks. If there are holes in the heat exchanger or other tubes, call a professional immediately to ensure that no further damage occurs.
Don’t Fix It Yourself
If you notice an issue with your HVAC system, you may be tempted to try and fix it yourself. Don’t make your HVAC your next DIY project. While there are plenty of videos and blog containing repair tips available, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. Licensed HVAC technicians have the tools and equipment needed to make your repair fast and easy. Plus, they understand the various makes and models. With their help, your system will be up and working in no time.
Don’t leave your HVAC system out in the cold this season. Implement these tips and call Garrison and Garrison Heating and Air when needed. With the proper care and maintenance, you’ll enjoy the warmth of your system all winter long.
Garrison and Garrison is a family owned and operated heating and air conditioning contractor located in Huntsville, AL. we are fully licensed and insured and all of our technicians are NATE certified. For more information, you can email us at [email protected] or call us at 256-859-8500.