Temperatures are dropping, which means we’ll need to turn on our heaters sooner rather than later. Before you turn the heat on for the winter, it’s imperative that you prep the unit for the season to avoid breakdowns or costly repair bills.
Follow these winter HVAC maintenance tips to ensure ultimate performance all winter long:
- Schedule an inspection: Our best advice is to hire a professional to schedule an inspection and tune-up. During your service call, a technician will clean your unit and replace any malfunctioning components. Ideally, these tune-ups should be performed in the fall, but it’s never too late to call a pro.
- Replace the air filter: Your air filters are responsible for keeping dust and debris out of your unit. As you can imagine, these filters get pretty clogged up over time, which makes it harder for your heater to put out warm air. The harder your unit has to work, the greater the chance of breakdowns and the higher your energy bills. Swap out your air filters each month for best results.
- Clean the air vents: Regardless of how well you clean your home, there’s likely going to be some dust and dirt accumulation near the air vents. One of our HVAC tips is to vacuum all of that debris up right away. Cleaning that up reduces the chance of blockages and increases your home’s air quality.
- Add some insulation: You can keep your home more comfortable while reducing your energy costs by adding insulation. Many attics, crawl spaces and attached basements are under-insulated, allowing heat to flow freely outside of the home. Talk to your HVAC contractor about where you should add insulation.
- Check your thermostat: It’s tempting to crank the heat up to keep your home as warm as possible day and night—but think twice before you have your heat on full blast all the time. We recommend lowering the temperature at night and while you’re away from work to drastically reduce your energy bills.
- Upgrade your thermostat: If you haven’t already upgraded to a programmable smart thermostat, now’s the time to do so. This is one of our HVAC tips because it allows homeowners to wirelessly control their home’s temperature from their smartphones. This isn’t just a nifty trick, either—it can really save a ton of money.
- Cover the outdoor AC unit: Once you know you won’t be using your AC again, be sure to cover the outdoor condenser. A cover will protect against the elements and any pests looking for some shelter. You can buy covers specially designed for this purpose, but a tarp can get the job done just as well.
Hire our pros today
There’s never been a better time than now to call JMB A/C & Heating LLC for winter HVAC maintenance. We’ll send someone out right away to prepare your unit and ensure it’ll run its best this season. See how a quick maintenance call can save you a fortune on heating bills and repairs.
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