We always try to show our customers just how important HVAC maintenance is. You may not give too much thought to your HVAC equipment while it's working hard to keep your home comfortable, but it's actually quite complex. It should be given proper care all year round.
The start of a new season is the perfect time to ensure that your HVAC system is operating at peak performance. Our winter HVAC checklist could help. Here's a look at some of the things you may want to do as the winter weather starts to set in. Your HVAC equipment will thank you.
Check the Air Filter
This is something you should be doing every season, but it's especially important in the winter since your furnace and HVAC system will be working so hard to heat up your home. Replacing your air filter can ensure proper airflow, which helps in a few ways. It makes your HVAC system more efficient, reducing energy bills, and it can help you avoid expensive damage. Once you replace your air filter, check on it again every month or so to make sure that the new filter hasn't gathered too much dirt and dust.
Cleaning out the vents, or registers, can also help your HVAC system run smoothly. Just use a damp rag and get rid of the dirt, pollen, or other grime that's built up. It will help you avoid HVAC problems and it can also help you make sure that allergens aren't being spread through your home, bothering your family.
Check the Outdoor Unit
If your HVAC system has any equipment residing outdoors, check on it before the winter weather sets in. Remove any dirt or natural debris, like sticks, and make sure that your equipment can function without being blocked or otherwise disrupted. If you need to do any serious cleaning of your outdoor equipment, remember to turn your system off first.
Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
If you want to get the most out of your HVAC system this season, take a few steps to make your home more energy-efficient. Make sure that you're properly insulated, make sure that heating vents are unobstructed, and don't go too crazy with the thermostat, especially when your home is crowded enough to bring up the temperature all on its own.
Check for Strange Sounds or Smells
When you turn on your heat, you should watch out for any signs that could indicate a deeper problem. Loud or strange noises when your HVAC equipment starts up can be a bad sign, as can unusual smells. These problems might be hard to solve on your own, so it may be time to...
Call in a Pro
It pays to call in an HVAC professional this winter. Our workers have the skills and experience needed to spot any problems and fix them before they become more costly issues. With our help, your HVAC system will be more effective, more energy-efficient, and more reliable all season long. And, of course, don't hesitate to contact us at 425-775-6464 for any emergency repairs this winter!