6 Tips To Prepare Your AC For WinterNovember 15, 2017
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Saving money is always a topic of conversation,
discussion, or debate in many households as they embark upon the winter months. Most people don’t know how simple it is to make your HVAC systems more energy efficient. In fact, many homeowners can achieve maximum energy savings with little effort or cost.
Clean Air Ducts.
It’s a good idea in our Florida climate to clean ducts every 6 months. The air here is filled with allergens and contaminants that are pulled into the ducts because our HVAC systems are used year-round. During the warmer months, pollen laden air is sucked in from outside to circulate through the house. Most of us use hypoallergenic filters and change them regularly, but that doesn’t account for what didn’t reach the filters. Common contaminants found in the air is:
- Dust Mites
- Pollen & Allergens
- Dirt & Debris
- Pet Dander
When trapped in HVAC system ducts, these contaminants can create or magnify unhealthy situations. Keep in mind as seasons change, even in Florida, your air conditioner ducts are the perfect breeding ground for many health-related illnesses.
Replace worn out or damaged parts. Upgrade your HVAC system to a new model if the damage is too great.
Inspect, Replace, Upgrade
When the HVAC unit cycles on and off and you feel the heat come out, you mentally check the box “Yep it works” and never give it another thought. Well, sometimes, even though everything comes on doesn’t mean that it’s working properly. Do a visual inspection both inside and out. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is the drain pan full or close to it?
- Do I see algae or mold?
- Does the temperature on the thermostat match the actual temperature?
- Are there any holes or damage to the cage outside?
- Is there anything blocking or covering the cage?
Stop The Drafts
There’s nothing worse than feeling drafts of cold air as you move through your home. Windows and doors are notorious for being drafty. Make sure you check these places for drafts:
- Windows – make sure they are closed completely and locked
- Doors – make sure there are no gaps between the door and the frame
- Vents – check places like dryer vents, roof vents and even the vent for your kitchen stove to make sure they are sealed properly.
Make sure to seal anything you find drafty and ensure all doors close completely with no gaps.
Call your profession HVAC repair and service company. Seasonal inspections not only prevent unexpected trouble, oftentimes they validate warranty programs. Routine maintenance is a great way to extend the life of any HVAC system and ensure that the whole home is comfortable in any season.