How to Make Your Home HVAC Perform at Peak Efficiency in Winter
Every change in season brings a mandatory HVAC maintenance check with it since the functionality of the system depends on how well-maintained it is.
Millions of Americans depend on their home’s HVAC system to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
That’s why its maintenance and upkeep should be a priority, especially when the temperatures dip or rise beyond the point of comfort.
Keeping that in mind, here are some tips to make sure your home HVAC system stays in top shape throughout the year:
Buy a humidifier
Winter can be dry especially if you have a heating system or furnace constantly running in your home. To make sure it doesn’t get too dry, consider investing in a humidifier to replace the lost moisture.
This will ensure that you and your family breathe easy and stay cozy no matter how cold it gets outside.
Make sure the system is functioning efficiently
A residential heating unit faces a lot of problems as time passes on, such as dirty coils or filters, leaks and overheating, malfunctioning motors, etc.
In case you encounter any of these issues, it means it’s time for repairs. You can repair it yourself by following the manufacturer’s guidelines or call an HVAC service professional for assistance.
Examine the insulation of your home
Make sure that all the windows, doors, roofs, and walls are well-insulated in order to prevent heat loss during the winter.
Also, examine the weather stripping around windows and doors; if any stripping looks loose, frayed, ripped, or torn, replace it. You can also opt for an additional layer of insulation if your home needs it.
Clean out the filters regularly
Your HVAC system filters must be cleaned and/or changed on a regular basis, especially before you start using it heavily (peak summer and peak winter).
Dirty filters can decrease the efficiency of the heating unit and block the air flow through your home. If the filters are chock-filled with dirt, they can cause other issues in your HVAC system as well, which can call for more repair work than you imagined.
Make sure the ducts aren’t blocked
The ducts responsible for air flow should be clean and unblocked, otherwise even the most expensive furnace or heating unit won’t keep your home warm.
Clean out the air ducts on a regular basis and remove any blockages that might be hindering the airflow. Don’t forget to check for leaks, loose parts, or holes in the ducts.
Upgrade your thermostat
It is important to check your thermostat from time to time and make sure it is working properly (in other words, it is reducing your energy loss).
If you are considering buying a new one, check out the new models that can be programmed to switch the system off when you are out and switch it back on before you return.
Follow these simple steps and have your HVAC system serviced regularly. If you take care of your system, it will take care of you and will continue to keep your home toasty warm even when it is freezing outside.