Winter is just around the corner, which means the freezing temperatures will be here before you know it. As the temperatures begin to drop you may find an increase in your utility bills as a result of higher heating costs. The good news is by preparing your HVAC system for the winter, not only will it reduce your energy usage, but it will extend the overall lifespan of the HVAC system. Here are a few maintenance tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for the winter.
Professional Tune-Up & Inspection
The most important thing you can do to prepare your HVAC system for the winter is to have Robaire Company, Inc. professional HVAC contractors do a thorough inspection and tune up. During the inspection, the technician will examine the belts and all parts to ensure they are in top condition. During the tune up, any part that may potentially interfere with the operation of the system will be replace before the damage is already done. A tune up will also help the system to operate much smoother, reducing the need for it to work harder than necessary. A smoother operating system will help to reduce your energy use.
Change the Air Filter
One of the easiest ways to prepare your HVAC system for the winter as well as prevent it from working harder than it needs to is to replace the air filter. Regularly changing the air filter will help to prolong the life of the system as well as improve the indoor air quality. It is recommended that the air filter be changed every month to ensure the optimum efficiency; if you have pets, the filter should be checked more frequently.
Air Vents & Ducts
To ensure there is proper circulation of air during the winter, make sure there isn’t anything blocking the air vents, such as furniture, toys or bedding. You should also clean the vents to make sure there isn’t anything in the vent that may block the air. To take the proper circulation of air a step further, you should consider talking to Robaire’s professional HVAC contractors to have the ductwork cleaned and inspected.
Along with routine maintenance to help keep your energy costs down this winter, it is also beneficial to consider installing a programmable thermostat, which will allow you to adjust the temperature in your home to match your lifestyle. For example, you can adjust the thermostat to lower the temperature while you are away or sleeping and increase the heat when you are home.
Contact Robaire Company, Inc. today to schedule your tune up and maintenance before the cold weather of winter arrives.