When temperatures dip over winter, it is a reminder to optimize your HVAC system. Regular maintenance is important for keeping components working and ensuring indoor air is fresh and comfortable.
There are actions you can take to make sure your HVAC output is maximized and affordable. However, some jobs are better left to a specialist. Controlling temperature and humidity are your main concerns, unless the system requires repairs and maintenance.
Testing Your HVAC Unit
Is the temperature in your home stable and consistent? Testing your HVAC unit is recommended before the weather gets really cold. However, it is never too late to check the ambient heat and humidity inside your home. If you suspect there is a problem with the unit, do not delay in contacting ClimateSmith.
A furnace tune-up involves cleaning and identifying any repair or operational needs. Any mechanical problems can impact the efficiency of your HVAC system. The last thing you want is a breakdown when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Outdoor Unit Care
If you haven’t already, consider covering your outdoor cooling system. You will want to clean the unit first, ensuring that debris such as leaves and grass are removed. Rinsing the system out with a garden hose will deal with issues such as dust and smaller particles. You can also switch off exterior air conditioning if you don’t intend on using this function over winter. Once these maintenance tasks are complete, protect the unit with a waterproof cover.
Replace Filters & Vent Cleaning
If your filters have not been replaced in a while, now is a good time to take care of that task. You can also clean vents to remove dust and other debris. This small maintenance task can save you a considerable amount of money by improving airflow and the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Rather than blasting your heating, find and maintain a comfortable temperature. The higher you set your AC, the more you will pay in energy bills. Some homeowners opt for a programmable thermostat that regulates airflow and temperature throughout the day. Some systems also allow you to control individual zones to further improve efficiency.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes can result in lost energy as the result of exposure to lower temperatures. This is especially true of pipes outside the home. If you are unsure which pipes need insulated, call ClimateSmith today for all your HVAC maintenance needs.