Fall provides your HVAC system with a much-needed break between summer and winter. Give your system extra TLC this year to prepare it for cold weather so it runs as efficiently as possible. Save money and enjoy a more comfortable residence during the most frigid months of the year with this quick guide.
Seal Air Leaks
Perform a home energy audit by checking your residence for air leaks around doors and windows as well as the foundation. Use the incense trick if you aren’t sure about a draft: hold a piece of lit incense next to a potential leak and see if the smoke “dances.” If it does, there’s a leak you need to seal. Work with caulk and weatherstripping materials to prevent heat loss and high energy bills this winter.
Clean The Outdoor Unit
Remove leaves, twigs, and other organic debris deposits on and around the outdoor component of your HVAC system. Debris clogs this component, causing your HVAC system to work harder all winter. Also, trim any tree branches that can hit and damage the unit to avoid premature wear and untimely replacements.
Check All Vents
Check the air vents around your home if you use ductwork for heating and cooling. Clean them of dust, insect remains, and all other debris to promote efficient airflow. Also, consider scheduling ductwork cleaning if it’s been some time since your last maintenance check. Duct cleaning eliminates mold spores, dust, animal dander, and other contaminants that contribute to unhealthy indoor air and subsequently allergy and asthma flare-ups. Any ductwork leaks also get fixed.
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
Consider installing a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. It allows you to deliver heat to specific “zones” within your home instead of warming the entire property and paying higher utility fees. After all, why heat the guest room or any other space you rarely use? A programmable thermostat also makes it easy to control the temperature when you aren’t home to save more money.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Call your local HVAC professionals to inspect the system before Jack Frost makes his annual appearance. Heating and cooling pros identify any issues with your system before they get worse and become large, costly headaches. Schedule preventive maintenance every fall to increase your home’s efficiency, decrease your carbon footprint, save money, and extend the life of your system.
Contact the friendly team at Precise Air Systems today for a free HVAC maintenance quote.