02 Nov Winter HVAC Maintenance Tips(Last Updated On: August 16, 2018)
Are you ready for winter? Don’t let winter weather sneak up on you and your family! Although the official start to winter is a few weeks away, ensure your heating system is ready with some HVAC maintenance tips.
An inefficient HVAC system costs money because it does not effectively heat your home. For example, do you have rooms that are not heated or colder than you set the thermostat? This is an inefficient HVAC system at work. Additionally, older HVAC units might might have trouble heating your entire home, which means you may have to repair or replace the HVAC system.
If you are not ready for winter and are looking for a few HVAC maintenance tips, then you are in the right place.
Winter HVAC Maintenance Tips
How do you avoid heating system issues this winter? Schedule an annual inspection and tune-up!
“The very best idea for central heating maintenance is to have a service professional out to give your system a checkup. HVAC contractors regularly handle these exact tasks, and they can provide you with a thorough check of your system and ensure that it will run effectively all winter.”
Plus, according to equipment manufacturers an annual tune-up is something your system requires at least once a year. As a result, your heating system performs at peak delivery and your equipment maintains manufacture warranties.
However, for the DIY crowd, then there are a few HVAC maintenance checks you can perform before winter strikes.
- Test the heating system before the first frost. Contact a professional if you do not have any warm air flowing from the vents.
- Check the pilot light for a clear blue flame if you have natural gas. Yellow or orange flames could be a warning sign.
- Ensure there are no drapes, furniture or plants blocking the vents. Allow the heat to flow into your open space by ensure the vents are not blocked.
- Change the furnace filter. Dirty filters cause the unit to work harder to push the warm air through the filter, causing your unit to run less than efficiently and possibly break down.
Furnace Maintenance Checks
The main HVAC maintenance checks involves the furnace filter. It is important to check and change the furnace filter. In particular, monthly filter maintenance makes sense during winter and summer because the HVAC unit works consistently during this time.
Furnace filters screen out unwanted pollens and debris from your heating and cooling systems. Plus, they also increase the HVAC efficiency and productivity. Therefore, by changing the filter, your air stays clean and healthy!
How to Change or Replace a Furnace Filter
- First, turn off the HVAC system and locate the service panel.
- Next, locate the furnace air filter near the intake-outtake blower.
- Check the dust level.
- If the filter is difficult to see through, then it needs replacing.
Types of Furnace Filters
There are permanent (fiberglass or metal framing) or disposable (cardboard framing) furnace filters. Disposable models are cheaper, but require monthly replacement. Permanent brands are more cost-effective due to their reusability but require more work.
Additionally, all furnace filters come with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Report Value) Rating, which reports the product’s capability in trapping particles. The MERV rating allows homeowners to compare the performance of different brands. For example, the higher the MERV rating, the more productive the filtration.
Typical HVAC Maintenance Plans
First and foremost, consider working with a local HVAC technician. Professional technicians spot problems before they arise and will help increase the longevity of your heating and cooling system.
Many simple maintenance techniques help increase the runtime of on your existing system. For example, SolvIt offers protection plans that provide annual maintenance for all of you home comfort systems including plumbing, HVAC, electrical and more!
We provide ongoing maintenance and expert repairs for:
- Heat pumps
- Ductless air systems
- Baseboard heating
- Radiant heating
- Hydro-air systems
- Electric & Oil systems
- Natural and LP gas systems
Plus, during SolvIt tune-ups we employ many steps to provide a comprehensive inspection and tests. We aim leverage modern technology, such as infrared cameras that identify leaks and cracks before they cause major damage.
In addition to improved performance, our expert maintenance work will help provide:
- Longer system lifespan!
- Reduced cost of operation!
- Cleaner indoor air!
- Even temperatures from room to room!
Make sure you are ready for winter and complete some of these HVAC maintenance checks today. For any questions, contact SolvIt!