As the shadows deepen and daylight hours grow short, the majority of North America braces for colder weather. Even Texans are preparing themselves (and their properties) for colder weather. While you’re at it, don’t forget about your HVAC system.
Getting Your HVAC System Ready for Colder Weather
These simple tips can make a big difference.
Adjust Your Vents
During summer, when you have the air conditioning going full bore, you likely keep all your air vents completely open. During winter, however, you’ll want to consider this important fact: hot air rises.
Because heat will naturally rise through your residence, it’s a good idea to close or narrow some of the upstairs vents. This will force your heating system to direct more warm air downstairs where it’s colder.
Service Your Chimney
If you have a fireplace and are planning to burn wood or coal during the fall and winter, you’ll want to have your chimney serviced sooner rather than later.
Likewise, if you have an oil furnace, you’ll want to have its chimney inspected as well.
- Buildup can cause fires
- Obstructions can force harmful vapors indoors
- Unseen damage could lead to big problems mid-winter
Preventative chimney inspections can go a long way toward keeping you safe and warm all season.
Schedule a Heating Tune-Up
You don’t want to wait until the temperatures drop to realize something is wrong and your HVAC system isn’t able to keep up.
A skilled technician knows what to look for and can make sure nothing needs to be repaired or replaced. All you will need to do is sit back and wait for winter, confident that you’re ready for anything.