How to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter
Winter can be an unforgiving season if you’re not prepared. Every year, the season seems to sneak up on you, and every year, you find yourself scrambling for supplies to get your household through the winter (not to mention the holidays). Here’s how to prepare your HVAC for winter:
Locate and Seal Air Leaks
This is the first tip we’ll offer that doesn’t directly connect to your HVAC unit, but rather the circulation system through which your unit works. If you have air leaks in your home, for example, it won’t really matter how hard your furnace is working. Your precious, warm air will slip through the cracks. Literally.
Inspect your exterior doors and windows for cracks and spaces in the sealant and the weather stripping. If you find that there are air leaks there, then fill them up! You’ll be surprised how much warmer this will make your home this winter.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Here’s another tip you might not consider when you think about preparing for winter. The insulation in your home is partly what protects you and your family, once snuggling safely inside, from the outside elements. Your roof helps protect you from the rain and other forms of precipitation, but your insulation keeps you warm (and makes it harder to hear your noisy neighbors).
If you constantly find yourself bundled up—even indoors, even with the furnace blasting—it might be time to upgrade your insulation.
Switch Your Ceiling Fans
This may seem counterintuitive, if you’re not familiar with this neat little trick already. Fans make you cold, so why are we talking about ceiling fans when giving you tips for preparing for the winter?
Well, making your fans turn counter-clockwise makes your home cooler. But turning your fans in the other direction pushes warm air back down to the room, keeping you a little warmer. This enables your furnace to keep your home warm without having to work overtime.
Make Sure Your Vents Are Open
Here’s another important tip: Make sure your vents are open and unblocked. You probably rarely think about your vents, and sometimes, aesthetics can take precedence. What we mean is that sometimes you really, really want that piece of furniture on that wall, so you make it happen, even though it’s blocking a vent.
Your vents enable the warm air generated by your furnace to reach all the rooms in your home. Aesthetics aside, open and exposed vents make warmer houses.
Have Your Furnace Inspected
If you’ve inspected and made accommodations for air leaks, insulation, ceiling fans, and air vents, and you’re still having trouble heating your home, then it’s time to take a closer look at your HVAC unit. Your HVAC unit is more complicated that you might imagine though. Even if you look up the parts on some DIY article, you might be able to locate them, but fixing the components is a different matter entirely. Call a professional HVAC expert to inspect your furnace.
Have Your Furnace Repaired or Replaced
A quick inspection may do just the trick. Usually an inspection and maintenance services go hand-in-hand, so your furnace may have just needed a little TLC. However, your HVAC expert may have discovered that your HVAC unit needs repairs or (if it’s old enough or broken beyond repair) needs replacing.
For all your furnace needs, call the professionals at Blue Flame. We know how to prepare your HVAC for winter.