Top Cold Weather HVAC Concerns: Is Your System Healthy?
Since staying warm during the winter months probably is among your top priorities, inspect the health of your heating system before the cold weather arrives. You can check some items off your list of things to do yourself while others most should be trusted to the HVAC experts.
Here’s what you can do to keep your system in tiptop condition.
Replace your air filters regularly
When your filters clog with dirt and dust, the air can’t pass through them easily and your system is forced to work harder to keep you comfortable. As a result, your energy bills will be higher, the quality of the air in your home is likely to suffer and your system will be more likely to break down when you need it most.
Open all the vents
Many people think they can save energy by closing off the vents in rooms that aren’t being used. In reality, all they are doing is putting an unnecessary strain on a system designed to fit the size of your home. The more a system turns on and off, the greater the chance it will break down.
Change the batteries in your thermostat
If the batteries fail you, the thermostat will shut down and so will your heating system. It’s best to replace the batteries at least twice a year so they don’t run out of juice at inopportune times. And don’t forget about the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors. Keep your family safe by replacing them.
Get rid of the clutter
Move any furniture or other items stored near your furnace or heat pump because these items have the potential to reduce airflow to the equipment. In addition, look at your vents and air returns to make certain furniture or rugs aren’t blocking the airflow to them.
When should you call your local HVAC experts? First, you need to have an experienced technician check out your entire system, including the thermostat, and make any necessary repairs before the cold weather arrives. You’ll get back the money you spend for this service in the form of reduced energy bills.
More importantly, in addition to making sure your family will be comfortable during the winter months, you’ll be doing something about potential health hazards as well. Inefficient equipment can lead to health problems such as carbon monoxide poisoning, viral infections and respiratory and allergy issues – and it can also cause a fire in your home. A slight odor is normal the first time you turn on your heating system in the winter, but others smells, such as chemicals, rotten eggs, smoke and electrical burning, might mean you have a serious problem that should be addressed by the experts as soon as possible. Remember: It’s always best to take care of small issues before they become big issues. If something doesn’t seem quite right about your heating system, call an HVAC expert right away.
Are you looking for HVAC experts with the knowledge and experience to get your heating system ready for the winter months? Contact Mathew’s Air Comfort Solutions. You can find them online at https://mathewsacs.com, or give them a call at 361-853-6265.
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