Cooler weather is upon us and winter is just around the corner. Is your HVAC system ready for cold weather? Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the inevitable and add a few good years to your HVAC.
- Air Filters: If you aren’t already, get in the habit of changing your air filters monthly. Just because you can’t see the dust trapped in the air filter doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
- Thermostat: Test your thermostat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. On a cool morning, turn the heat on and set the thermostat to your preferred winter-time temperature. If the HVAC never reaches that temperature or takes too long, you may have a problem.
- Programmable Thermostat: Consider having a programmable thermostat installed. It allows you to program preset temperatures for various times of the day so that your HVAC works less when you’re away.
- Vacuum: Vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment. If you prefer, one of our certified technicians can perform this task while servicing your HVAC unit.
- Air Vents: To ensure air circulates properly, make sure nothing is blocking your fresh-air-supply and return-air vents. Furniture, bedding, toys and the like can obstruct air intake and make the HVAC unit work harder.
- Unusual Behavior/Noises: Unusual noises or excess heat or water coming from your HVAC is a sign that something could be wrong. Don’t wait around until it breaks as experience teaches that could cost more. Contact Nicol Climate Control for service and repair.
While insulating the attic and weather stripping the exterior doors and windows of your home isn’t “HVAC prep,” both will seal several air leaks and eliminate drafts. This increases the efficiency as well as the effectiveness of your HVAC system. Take a peek around the attic. Can you see the floor joists? If so, you probably don’t have enough insulation. Look out for sales on attic insulation. As soon as the weather cools, you’re ready to begin insulating and you won’t have to stand in line at the home improvement store. Next, inspect your exterior doors and windows for worn-out weather-stripping and replace as necessary. Is your garage connected to your home? Weather stripping around the garage door is essential for adding another barrier to cold wind that makes your HVAC work harder.