The leaves are starting to fall and the nights are getting a bit cooler in a lot of the parts of the country, which can only mean one thing: winter is once again well on its way. If you haven't done so already, it is definitely time to get your central HVAC system ready for the heating season. The more your prepare for winter now with your HVAC system, the less likely it will be you see a heating failure at the worst possible time. Take a look at these few helpful tips to help you get your central HVAC system prepared for cold weather.
Clean your flow and return vents well
Dust and debris mangled up in the vent covers, whether the return or regular air flow vents, can prevent your system from being able to produce enough heat to keep your home warm. So go through and check each vent, pull off the cover, and clean any dust and debris you find.
Change your air filter
A clogged filter can be a really big problem when your HVAC system is working its hardest because it prevents air flow from getting through to keep the system running. If it has been a while since you replaced the air filter, it is a good idea to do so before the weather takes a drastic turn.
Clean around the outside unit
Grown up grass, dead leaves, and plants around the outside HVAC system can mean it has to truly struggle to perform at its best. Late in the fall, do a quick check outside and ensure the area around the exterior HVAC unit is not crowded with leaves and debris. It is also a good time to take a good listen for signs of rattling components or odd sounds, as this is a matter that should be tended to by a professional before the onset of the heating season.
Check out your thermostat
If your thermostat is battery operated, go ahead and replace the batteries with fresh ones. Turn on the heat and set it to a comfortable temperature and make sure it actually reaches that degree and kicks off as it should. If the heat never stops running and your home is obviously warm, your thermostat may need to be replaced. Now is also a good time to consider a programmable thermostat, which can be set to stay cooler at times of day when no one is at home through the winter.Share
5 October 2016
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