Your HVAC system works overtime during the winter, so it's important to take preventative maintenance measures to keep it running smoothly. Here are some tips to help you prevent outages and keep your HVAC system in top shape for the season:
How to Maintain Your HVAC
Avoid wasting money on various HVAC repairs and take these preventative steps to keep your system in order:
Check vents and ducts for any debris or dust that may prevent hot air from moving into your rooms.
Have a heating professional perform routine maintenance on a schedule.
See how your thermostat is performing and increase efficiency by turning it down to 55 degrees at night.
Inspect air filters to ensure they aren't clogged and interfering with regular airflow.
Potential Issues to Look For
Keep an eye out for potential issues when inspecting your HVAC system:
Unexpectedly high energy bills. If you're spending a lot of money on heating bills despite regular maintenance, you may need to address air leaks within your home.
Unusually dirty or dusty air filters. If your air filters are getting dirty after only one month of use, look for holes in vents and the ducts, as well as any external issues that may be affecting the system.
Low levels of airflow from your ducts and vents. If you're seeing low airflow after cleaning your ducts and vents, you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Check for holes and breaks.
A particularly cold room in your well heated home. With the heat on, every room in your house should be warm. If one room is cold, there may be leaks or holes in your insulation.
Dented or collapsed ducts. These can cause many of the problems mentioned above. Make sure you fix them immediately to avoid more issues.
Benefits of HVAC Maintenance
When you invest in maintenance, you reap many financial and other long-term benefits, including:
Ensuring a safe and comfortable home
Keeping your warranty intact
Reducing your energy bills in the winter
Don't delay regular maintenance on your HVAC system. If you don't perform maintenance in the fall, it's imperative that you do it before the next big winter storm. Do it yourself or hire a heating technician to do it for you. Just make sure that it's done regularly and effectively to ensure that you and your family will remain safe and warm through the winter.
|Andrea Davis is the editor for HomeAdvisor, which helps homeowners find home improvement professionals in their area at no charge to ensure the best service in the shortest amount of time.|