When the temperatures fall in the coming winter, you will want to know that your heating system is working as it should. Once it gets cold, you don’t want to run into problems that you should have fixed while the weather was still warm. If you want your HVAC system to last as long as possible and not need constant repairs, you will need to have it regularly maintained by a professional. HVAC maintenance includes getting it ready for the coldest season. If you don’t know what goes into getting an HVAC system ready for winter, here are a few important steps to take:
Spring and Fall Maintenance
Have a professional inspect and maintain your HVAC system at least twice a year, according to the US Government’s ENERGY STAR website. The best times to schedule a maintenance appointment with an HVAC professional are during the seasons when you are least likely to need your HVAC system. In many places, spring and fall are those seasons. These are the times when your air conditioner and furnace aren’t in constant use. Having the system inspected and maintained ensures that when the cold weather comes around, it will be in good shape. Before the technician shows up, make a note of any issues you have encountered such as strange noises or leaking. Being able to point to specific problems can speed up the inspection and maintenance process.
Turn Your Furnace on Before Winter
Before things get cold, it is a good idea to start your furnace up so you can see how well it works. Some experts recommend doing it more than once in the fall just to make sure that everything is in good working order.
One of the main reasons that HVAC systems fail in winter has to do with dirty filters. Accumulated dirt and dust in the HVAC system can make your system work harder than it should and can lead to dust and dirt in your indoor air. Replace your filters to ensure smooth functioning and clean air.
Get an HVAC professional to check your insulation to see if you need more. They will also be able to tell you if your insulation is in good shape or if it needs to be replaced. Having the right amount of insulation will keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient all winter.
Even a new, properly installed system can fail if you don’t have it properly maintained. With the right HVAC maintenance steps, you will be able to relax in the knowledge that your system will provide you with heat all winter. If you are in or near Ellis County and need your HVAC system prepared for winter, contact us today to schedule an appointment.