As winter approaches and temperatures take a dip, now is a good time to prep your HVAC system to endure the approaching cold weather. While regular maintenance and service are essential to weatherproof your HVAC unit, the changing seasons demand a little more care than usual. The following tips will help you prep your heating and air conditioning for low temperatures.
Prep the air conditioning
Cover the AC condenser outside with a weatherproof cover to protect it against the harsh winter elements. Before doing that, change the AC’s refrigerant and clean the unit to ensure airflow—but only if you know how. Otherwise, call a local HVAC maintenance specialist.
Prep the heating unit
Remove any weeds or grass that may have grown around the heating pump outside. Check that the thermostat and furnace pilot light are functioning properly. Remove any articles lying around the furnace. If you have installed a humidifier, remember to clean its water panel thoroughly for it to work optimally.
Other parts that need to checked and tested include the furnace’s ignition system and burners and the combustion blower. Also check if the heat exchanger and fan belt are working properly.
Test and retest the furnace and the CO detector and alarm (replace last season’s batteries with new ones), and don’t forget to check the electrical wiring for any damage.
Replace the HVAC air filter
While most people prefer to simply clean and reuse the air filter, experts recommend replacing it altogether. This small expense can go a long way in maximizing your unit’s efficiency as the weather changes. Moreover, a new filter revitalizes the HVAC by clearing the ducts.
If all of the above sounds like too much work and you’re not confident that you have the expertise to inspect your HVAC, it’s better to call in an HVAC service professional to look at the unit and make sure it’s safe and ready to use.
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Test the registers
Once the unit is ready to use, test it at least once to avoid last-minute surprises. Switch on the thermostat and as the system heats up, test all the registers around the house. Ensure that all registers are releasing adequate warm air and if any one seems faulty, have it checked by a certified professional.
Invest in professional HVAC service
Repairing HVAC units is not cheap. If there is the slightest chance that you may damage your HVAC system while trying to clean it, it is best to seek professional help. Moreover, having the system serviced by a technician prolongs its life and ensures that any faulty components are fixed or replaced in time. View this as an investment rather than an expense, as a seasonal dip-check by a certified expert can safeguard your HVAC against damage and control wear and tear.