HVAC Winter Care Tips
As the temperatures drop this year, it is important to stay warm. In preparing for the harsher winter weather, it is also essential that you protect your HVAC system as it works to keep your home comfortable. Keep your heating system protected this winter with these five tips, brought to you by your Raleigh HVAC experts at Newcomb and Company.
Professional HVAC Maintenance
HVAC maintenance is an ideal way to ensure that your unit is well cared for. During your seasonal maintenance visit, your HVAC professional will complete all of the manufacturer’s recommended care processes that your system requires. This includes an inspection of all of your heating and cooling systems. Your expert will be able to detect any present issues, which can then be repaired before they become costly and impactful problems. Regular maintenance can help keep your system working as effectively and efficiently as possible year-round.
Program your Thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can use this to alleviate some of the stress that severe winter weather can place on your heating system. The general rule for setting a thermostat is in the winter is to go with the lowest possible temperature that is comfortable for you. However, with a programmable system, you can also choose to set the temperature to be a little cooler during the day. Drastically dropping the temperature or turning your system off completely can create more work for your unit, but subtle changes when your home is empty during the day can help you care for your unit while you keep your home comfortable this winter.
Cover Outdoor Units
If your HVAC system contains an outdoor unit, it is possible to provide it with added protection by purchasing and using a cover. Depending on your unit and the care it receives, this may or may not be the best option for you. Without the right installation and care, covers can trap water, debris, and moisture inside of your unit, leading to possible water damage and other issues for your HVAC system. However, with proper care and careful consideration, a cover can protect your unit from harsh winter weather. Consult your local HVAC expert to see if an outdoor cover is right for you.
Air Filter Changes
Your air filter is responsible for keeping unwanted debris out of your home’s air system. Making sure that your air filter is changed regularly can help keep this debris from affecting your heating and cooling system. Your HVAC system also needs to work harder to function when the air filter becomes heavily blocked.
On average, your air filter should be changed every 30-90 days. This number is dependant upon the size of your home, the number of occupants you have, the number of pets you have, the allergy sensitivity of the people in your home, and more. The type of air filter you use is also an important factor in how regularly it needs to be changed: high-quality pleated filters can last up to six months while low-cost fiberglass filters last roughly 30 days. Consult your local HVAC expert for guidance during your next maintenance or service visit if you find yourself unsure of how frequently you should change your air filter.
Make Sure Your Home is Efficient
Consistent energy efficiency within your home is key to protecting your HVAC system throughout the changing seasons. If your home is letting in cold air from the outdoors, your heating system will need to work extra hard to keep your home’s internal temperature comfortable. This puts added stress on your HVAC system and can lead to higher monthly electric bills. By identifying and sealing points of inefficiency in your home, you can keep your HVAC system protected this winter.
Contact Newcomb and Company
Whether you need HVAC maintenance, repair, replacement, or consultations, the specialists at Newcomb and Company are here for you. Get in touch with our Raleigh heating and cooling experts today to get started!