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Prepare your HVAC System for Winter with These 5 Tips

Preparing your trustworthy HVAC system before the sheer winter weather arrives is a must. Otherwise, your house will be unbearably cold with a faulty HVAC system. Before the Halloween decoration come on display, your heating and cooling system should be up and moving after fine servicing by a team of professionals. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for the coming winter season. It is more like a checklist that will remind you of everything you must check upon before chilly weather arrives.

Test the thermostat

Do not wait till winter approaches to check the furnace's working position. Before summer turns into winter, test the HVAC system by switching over from heating to cooling or vice versa. Besides that, put the thermostat to a couple of degrees higher than the room temperature. You must hear the system kick start. If not, that's an underlying issue that you may want to get your furnace restored before the outside temperature drops and gets cold.

Cover the air conditioner's condenser unit

Your air conditioner will not work for the coming months in the residential building. Therefore, it is important to properly cover the air conditioner unit and pack it until the next summer. Otherwise, the outdoor unit can trap dirt, rubble, and dead leaves, causing irregularity in the outdoor unit's function. Once the cold season is here, cover the AC for the next season. House owners can use a large square of plywood or a trash can lid held in position with bungee cords. This will protect the outdoor unit from ice, rain, and falling debris.

Hire a professional to clean the chimney of a HVAC system

Chimneys must be cleaned before winter arrives. Most of the house temperature is regulated by furnaces and chimneys. Most house owners cannot clean the chimneys because it is a very narrow space. Therefore, it is advised that you seek the help of a professional team who can schedule a visit before winter and clean the chimney from dirt and other residues. The technicians also inspect oil corrosion, animal activity, and carbon buildup.

Change the furnace filter.

Changing the furnace filter is a simple task that one can do independently and does not require an expert hand. The first thing to do is to analyze what kind of filter works best for your furnace; either check out the user manual or the previous filter. Most furnaces require filter change every three months; therefore, keep a keen track. A clogged filter can cause irreparable damage to the furnace's preventing it from working properly.

Schedule furnace maintenance before its cold:

Every year schedule an appointment to inspect your furnace. The bi-annual visit of a HVAC expert keeps the system working at its peak. Most inspection and servicing companies are booked in the fall season; therefore, arrange your appointment beforehand so that you do not have to face any inconvenience.

Here, we have discussed the five tips that everyone with an HVAC system must acknowledge before winter. All these tips will help you get a hold of your trustworthy HVAC system and maintain its functionality and efficiency through the winter season. You must not leave behind maintenance from chimney cleaning to changing the furnace filter. Besides that, schedule an inspection visit from a professional HVAC handling company as they can give you a thorough analysis of the health of your HVAC system. Let the unit be serviced along with the chimney and furnace to work properly in the winter.


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