5 Tips: Prepare Your HVAC for Winter
It’s almost time to stow away the pumpkins and bring out the Christmas trees. As the fall season gives way to winter and the air turns colder, your heating system will begin its busiest time of the year. It is important to prepare your HVAC for winter to ensure it functions at maximum efficiency.
At Blue Flame, we are fully equipped to help you solve any problems that arise with your heating system. But with proper winter prep, hopefully you won’t need any heating repairs during this cold weather season. Here are 5 tips to prepare your HVAC for winter.
1. Change your air filter.
Your air filter keeps dust, pollen, bacteria, and other airborne particles trapped in your ducts instead of inhaled by your lungs. We always recommend changing your filter at least once every 90 days, or once every 30 days for households with lots of pet hair or family members with allergies or asthma. As you start to need your HVAC system for heat in the colder months, it is a good idea to replace your air filter and start fresh.
2. Do a comfort check.
Even if the weather has not turned quite cool enough to need your heater yet, turn it on and test it for comfort and efficiency. Make sure nothing is blocking the vents inside your home or the vents on your outside HVAC unit. If your HVAC has been covered for fall, make sure to remove the cover before you use it at all. Consider whether the rooms in your home are adequately and evenly warm. If your heater seems to lack efficiency, it may require a professional inspection. Scheduling a tune-up before winter has arrived will be much easier than waiting until a frosty day this winter.
3. Test and adjust your thermostat.
Your HVAC system can only operate at maximum efficiency if your thermostat is in working order. Test your thermostat at several different heat settings and consider its efficiency. If your thermostat doesn’t seem to be working properly, consider replacing it with a programmable or smart thermostat. If you already have a programmable thermostat in working order, you can set up which days and times you want to have a fully heated home and which times you want to put your HVAC in energy-saving mode.
4. Clean your air ducts.
Remember all of that dust, pollen, and bacteria your air filter is keeping out of your home? It is sitting inside your air ducts. Cleaning your ducts semi-annually can improve your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC unit. You can try DIY air duct cleaning periodically to cut back on the dust, but you should also schedule professional air duct cleaning at least once per year.
5. Schedule a tune-up.
If you haven’t scheduled fall HVAC maintenance yet, do it ASAP. A tune-up can prevent costly repairs on your heating system during the frigid winter. Skipping your fall HVAC maintenance can have negative repercussions on your manufacturer warranty too. Many manufacturers will void the warranty on your HVAC for repairs and replacements if it was not well-maintained.
Have you followed all of the steps to prepare your HVAC for winter?
If you need to schedule preventative HVAC maintenance or heating repairs before the busy winter season, Blue Flame is here to help. Give us a call today for all of your HVAC winter preparation needs!
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.