The chills and thrills of winter are almost upon us. The weather outside may soon be frightful, but you can stay inside in the delight of warmth and savings on heating bills with only a little effort on your part… and a quick call to Dan Pearson Heating & Air. We are your local HVAC specialists!
Before you know it, that temperature will be dropping and that white stuff may even start falling from the sky. You will soon be running to your thermostat to turn on your heating system for the first time since early spring. What will you find? Will your heating system turn on without a hitch, or will you be met with bumps and bangs that could only mean one thing – HVAC issues. Even if your heating system turns on without a problem, that doesn’t mean it is performing at maximum efficiency or anywhere close to it.
There’s a lot of preparation that your home needs for the wintertime. Put away the hoses, lawnmower, and summer furniture. Winterize your car. Take down the decorations from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holidays. But a lot of people skip over one of the basics: getting your home’s heating and cooling systems ready for the winter. So here’s a basic check-list of action items to consider before the winter’s cold settles in:
Pre-Winter HVAC Checkup
In case you missed our previous post about the need to have your HVAC system checked before the winter, you should definitely get it done soon. There is no other time of the year more critical to do so, since the cold weather can cause real damage and strain on your whole system if it’s not properly maintained.
Check Thermostat Settings: To ensure your heating system is still in working order, switch your thermostat to heat and set it to 75 degrees. If you feel warm air coming through your vents, your heating equipment is still working. If it takes more than a few minutes or more for the furnace to kick on, however, something might be wrong.
Check Register Circulation: To ensure your system is pumping heated air throughout your entire home, check each register (vent) for warm air. If you don’t feel any warm air, something may be wrong.
Clean or Replace the Air Filter: While you should be doing this monthly, or at least every few months, it is important to change your air filter before heating season. Dirty filters are the most common cause for limited airflow and diminished HVAC efficiency.
Check Return Air Circulation: In order for your HVAC system to work properly, it needs to take in air. This is where return air vents come into play. These pull in air that your furnace then heats and recirculates throughout your home. To make sure air is returning to your furnace uninhibited, put your hand in front of the vent. You should feel a light pull.
Improving System Performance & Efficiency: A Dan Pearson Heating & Air technician can help improve your system’s efficiency, install new energy-efficient ones, and provide insight about how you can get the best performance out of your heating system during the upcoming cold months.
Standalone Air Conditioning Unit Removal: If you haven’t done it already, it’s may be time to get that A/C window unit down and properly stored away. But you might want to have it checked out to make sure it’ll work right when you plug it back in.
Smarter Heat Usage: Get better heat efficiency from smarter usage. We can help you understand how to better program your thermostat. Some of it’s common sense, too, like turning down the heat to save when there are holiday cookies in the oven or a fire lit in the fireplace.
Schedule a Professional Inspection: Regular, preventive HVAC maintenance is the best way to extend the lifespan of your system and ensure it is running at peak efficiency. And this is a job for the professionals.Our specialists are ready to get your home heating in shape for the winter.