Prepare Your Home Heating System for Winter
Winter is coming, and so is the chilly weather! Don't let your HVAC system freeze up on you when you need it the most. Get it ready for winter with these simple tips:
Tip 1: Change your air filter
According to Popular Mechanics, “One of the most common causes of an HVAC breakdown is accumulated dirt and dust in the filtering system.” Check your system’s air filter(s) every month and wait no longer than 30 days to replace. Keeping backup filters on hand is a smart move and less to buy in bulk, as a dirty filter is an ineffective filter.”
Additionally, check that your air vents throughout your home are not blocked by furniture or objects. This can also cause inefficient airflow.
Tip 2: It’s time to change your thermostat batteries!
Your thermostat is your control to tell your HVAC system when to turn on or off. Before cold weather hits, you will want to make sure if you have batteries to change them before they leak. Leaking batteries are a major cause for thermostat failures. IF you have a programmable thermostat, check your heat schedule to be sure it meets your current routine. This may require you to turn your heat on so you will want to listen for any strange noises or indications your heat is struggling to engage. If you have an older thermostat, consider a programmable thermostat. On average it can save you up to 20% on your yearly energy bill.
A programmable thermostat allows you to program your preferred temperature at different times of the day. This allows your system to to slowly move in temperature until it reaches that set temperature which is an energy saver. To achieve the most savings, Energy Saver suggests setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you're home.
Tip 3. Also make sure to check weather strips on all doors and windows and Seal any air leaks around windows and doors to prevent drafts. Cold that enters the house through drafty doors and windows will affect the ground floor first, so make it the first place you look during your home inspection.
Tip 4. Have your attic or crawl space insulation checked by a professional to prevent heat loss. A well-insulated home is an energy efficient home.
Tip 5. Schedule a professional heating system tune-up with VIRGINIA AIR HEATING and COOLING to ensure everything is in tip-top shape.
Remember, a well-maintained heating system equals a cozy winter!