A few tips to prepare your HVAC system for winter.

Everyone knows Florida is one of the warmest states in the country, but that doesn’t mean cold weather doesn’t exist here. Since winter is right around the corner and the weather is already starting to drop, it’s time for homeowners to focus on their heating systems.

To help you get started, we’re going to show you how to prepare your HVAC for winter with some of our favorite tips.

Test It Out Before Winter Arrives

The truth is, many of us forget about our heating system because we haven’t used it in so long. It’s very common for someone to switch on the heat at the first sign of cold weather only to discover that the system isn’t running properly. As it stands right now, it’s probably been cold enough by the time you read this that you’ve already tried out the system. But, for future reference, make sure you test out the HVAC system at least a month before the season starts.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

Just like an air conditioning unit, your furnace or heat pump has an air filter that captures contaminants, pollutants, dust, debris, etc. A dirty filter will cause your indoor air quality to drop, and your heating unit won’t work as efficiently. As a general rule, air filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days to optimize the performance of both the filter and your heating equipment. This keeps your air clean and prevents your system from running for too long.

Schedule a cleaning or checkup.

Heating systems are very durable and will last for many years, but they need to be properly maintained. Professional maintenance by a certified HVAC technician will help your equipment run smoothly, keep it energy-efficient, and prolong its operational lifespan. As a general rule, you should have a checkup and cleaning done once per year to make sure the system is okay.

Reprogram the Thermostat

If you’re like most homeowners, then you probably have a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to select a specific temperature for certain days and times, which can ensure all-day comfort and help you maintain energy efficiency. As soon as the cold weather hits, you should reprogram it right away so you don’t wake up one morning to find yourself freezing in bed.

Switch to a Smart Thermostat

If your home uses a manual thermostat or an outdated programmable model, you should consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Not only do smart units allow you to program the temperature, but they also come with a variety of advanced features. Depending on the exact type you choose, this may include remote wi-fi access, energy usage reports, zoning system controls, compatibility with HVAC accessories, etc.

Clean Up the Outdoor Unit

If an outdoor unit is part of your HVAC system, you need to make sure that it’s clear of debris that might have piled up during the fall. These units are exposed to the elements, so it’s common for branches, dirt, bugs, and even birds’ nests to clog up the system. This will be checked and cleaned by an HVAC technician during your annual checkup, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any debris between visits.

Upgrade an Aging System

Furnaces and other types of heating equipment are very resilient and will last a long time with proper upkeep. In fact, the average furnace lifespan is between 15 and 20 years, assuming that you’ve had it routinely checked and repaired as needed. But, like all types of equipment, it will eventually break down. The good news is that newer units are much more energy-efficient, so you’ll save some money in the long run despite the high cost of a new system.

Contact Carr AC to Learn How to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

Carr Air Conditioning & Heating will assist you with dryer vent cleaning in Palm Harbor and the surrounding areas, in addition to any other HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair needs. If you have any questions on how to prepare your HVAC for winter or would like to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (727) 447-7212 today.

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