As temperatures continue to drop in Utah, your comfort inside the house is about to become dependent on the efficiency of your HVAC system. Winters in Central Utah get as cold as 9°F, so you need to prepare your heaters and furnaces.
According to My Buddy the Plumber Heating & Air, LLC, it’s important to maintain your HVAC system all year, but most especially during the winter. The extreme temperature can put a toll on your system.
Switching your system from air conditioning to heating, though, isn’t as simple as flipping your thermostat’s switch. Avoid the hassle of an unmaintained HVAC system by winterizing it through the following steps:
Remove and Clean Your Window AC Units
If you have window air conditioning units, you should remove them and store them inside your home. Even though some air conditioning units can withstand extreme weather, it’s still smart to keep it out of the harsh conditions outside.
You should also remove any debris trapped inside your unit like dust, leaves, and branches that may have accumulated during the fall. Preserve your AC unit better by keeping it inside until you’re ready to use it again.
Change Your Filters
Are you one of the people who are guilty of not changing the filters of their heat pumps and furnaces? ‘Tis the season to change. Dirty filters can inhibit your HVAC unit’s efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that you need to change your filters at least once a month. Neglecting to do this can mean a 10 to 25 percent more energy consumption than heat pumps and furnaces with clean filters.
Check the Blower Belt
Just like how dust and debris get trapped inside A/C units or room fans, they can get stuck in the heating system’s blower as well. Clean the blades so your heating system won’t spread dust throughout your house. While doing so, check the furnace’s blower belt as well. If it’s loose, it can increase your unit’s operating time. Take time to replace frayed or cracked belts, too, to keep everything running smoothly.
Make Sure Your Vents and Flue Are Unclogged
Clogged up vents around the house may cause your furnace to malfunction. When the vents are clogged, dangerous gases can be trapped inside the furnace. Similarly, a clogged flue may also damage your furnace and cause harm to your health.
Flues are essential in allowing combustion byproducts to escape. If the flue is obstructed or clogged, hazardous chemicals can build up inside the unit, leading to wasted energy and damage to the equipment.
Schedule a Professional HVAC Maintenance
While you might have done a decent job of keeping your HVAC system at a prime condition, it doesn’t hurt to let professionals have a look at it. Schedule a professional check-up before winter starts, so you’ll know if there are parts that are malfunctioning.
Proper maintenance throughout the year helps a lot in keeping your HVAC system functioning when you most need it. With the winter chill creeping in, a functional heating system goes a long way to keeping you warm and comfortable at home.