Can you feel it? Coming in the air tonight? We are of course talking about the cool changing temperatures, not whatever Phil Collins is talking about – unless he was also talking about winter. Days are getting shorter, nights and mornings are getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. While fall is a wonderful time, let us not forget about the winter that is sure to follow. To ensure that your house is ready to serve as your cozy home base all winter, it is important to keep your HVAC system operating smoothly and efficiently. Here are some tips to help you achieve this.
Inspect and Clean Rooftop Areas
If you have an HVAC unit or AC on your roof, now is a good time to inspect it – and even if you don’t, the fall is a great time to remove all the leaves from your roof and gutters to prevent ice dams and other drainage issues this winter.
Make sure that the area around your HVAC or furnace is clean and clear. This is a simple but crucial step.
Install New Air Filters
An important part of any HVAC check up is to replace filters. Clean filters are crucial to the life and performance of your HVAC units. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, purchase high-efficiency pleated air filters.
Give Your HVAC a Test Drive
Don’t wait until the first frigid temperatures to kick on your furnace or HVAC system. If you do this and there is a problem, you’ll probably be dealing with some cold and unhappy family members in addition to all your furnace troubles. After you turn it on, you’ll almost certainly know right away if there is a serious problem.
The efficiency of your HVAC services should not be underestimated. Not only will a unit that is in optimal condition save you money month to month, but it will also preserve your heating and cooling system and help contribute to the curbing of our planet’s fierce energy usage. When improving efficiency, be sure to look for potential leaks in your home, update the thermostat, perform all necessary HVAC maintenance, and enroll in a professional energy-savings plan.
Fix Insulation Issues
Are you aware of insulation issues in your home but just keep putting them off? Fall is the time to be proactive and get them fixed. Insulation materials seem to get better and better each year, and if your current insulation is dated, this is directly impacting your home’s energy efficiency. Whether it’s inadequate materials or missing materials, now is the perfect time to remedy the inefficiency in your heating plan.
Without an accurate thermostat, you cannot expect to get reliable heating. If you suspect your readings are off, contact an HVAC repair specialist. They can make sure your thermostat is working properly before the start of the cold season. This may also be the perfect time to upgrade your thermostat, opting for a more energy-efficient programmable thermostat.
Check Blower Fans and Motors
Without properly working blowers and fans, you cannot expect your heating system to properly function and keep your entire home warm. If fans are covered in grime, they will operate sluggishly and your heating systems performance will directly suffer. Keep all parts clean, lubricated, and secure. Not sure what parts we are talking about? It might be time to contact your Greeley HVAC specialist.
Clean Chimneys and Inspect
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that “the leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.” While on the subject of preventing fires and improving safety, winter is notorious for residential fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Fall is the time to inspect all of your fire safety equipment including alarms and fire extinguishers.
While your AC unit is going to be getting a nice long break, adding a few cooling system steps to your end-of-season maintenance can help avoid a headache come spring. To do this, check things like refrigerant charge, belts and pulleys, ducts, and clear all water. It’s never good to leave water standing around. It can lead to mold and mildew and attract all sorts of unwanted pests like insects and vermins.
Clearly, there is a lot more to HVAC maintenance than what you probably expect and what we’ve outlined here. However, completing these steps should help you point out any potential problems for the winter. If you need help performing your HVAC check up, don’t hesitate to contact the Greeley HVAC specialist, Comfort By Nature. In addition to being able to handle all of your residential and commercial HVAC maintenance to prepare your home or business for winter, we also offer geothermal heating and cooling and more. Check out our HVAC services, and contact us today here for your fast quote.