When you feel the cold nip of winter air, it’s time to turn your heating system on for the winter. But before you turn your unit on, make sure that it is running in tip-top shape. Proper HVAC maintenance can really impact your fuel or electricity expenses, so don’t forget to do your routine heating and furnace maintenance. It can help to reduce your energy consumption by as much as 15 to 25 percent.
Here are some tips to help get your HVAC unit ready for winter.
Change Your Filters
Dirty filters can really inhibit your HVAC system’s performance. Routinely changing your filter is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to prolong the life of your HVAC unit, and it will help to cut back on your energy use.
Clogged filters reduce airflow throughout your heating system, which means your unit will have to work harder to maintain the temperature setting on your thermostat. This isn’t efficient, and it puts a lot of strain on your system’s components. So not only are you adding money to your utility bills or fuel cost, but you’re also setting yourself up for a costly repair or even a total replacement system down the road.
So here’s the bottom line…. change your filters every four to six weeks, especially if you are running heat every day.
Clean Registers and Air Returns
It’s easy for dust to build up around your vents and registers, especially after a season of consistent use. But that buildup means that your HVAC system will have to work harder to blow heated air. So remove the grilles and floor registers and wipe around the opening to clean out your ducts. Then, clean the vents themselves before putting them back into position. Not only will this help your HVAC unit to run better, it will also help to remove allergens and to improve the quality of your air.
Clear the Area Around Your Outside Unit
Cut back any vines, weeds and brush that may have grown up around your outdoor unit. Then look for any twigs or leaves that may have fallen into the interior of your unit and clear them out. During the winter, cut a piece of plywood down to the size of your unit and place it on the top of your unit. Place a few bricks or heavy stones on top of the board to keep it from blowing away during high winds.
To help keep your unit in tip-top condition, have a professional come out to inspect your units and ducts and to do some basic system maintenance.
Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Air 1 Heating and Cooling is located in Whippany, NJ, serving residential and commercial customers in Morris, Essex, Union and Bergen Counties.