Before the colder weather descends, take a little time to winterize your HVAC system. It will perform more efficiently and dependably and may meet the conditions of your warranty. HVAC systems are rugged, but they do need maintenance to perform as the manufacturer intends.
CHECK AND CHANGE THE AIR FILTER.
Starting the heating season with a clean filter will keep your heating bills lower and ensure greater comfort throughout your home. A clogged filter slows the air flowing through the air handler, which increases the amount of time it takes your furnace to heat your home.
Reduced air flowing through the ductwork also keeps the rooms further from the air handler from warming as thoroughly as the rest of your home. A dirty filter is also the most common cause of premature breakdowns.
CLEAR AWAY ANY VEGETATION FROM THE OUTDOOR CONDENSER.
Just as a dirty air filter slows the air flowing through the air handler, too much living or dead vegetation around the condenser will slow air flowing through it which matters colder weather if you use a heat pump. The debris also provides a good place for insects and rodents to spend the winter.
CLEAN THE REGISTER COVERS.
Use a damp cloth to remove dust deposits from the register covers. If you see excessive dust on or near the register covers, you might have a ductwork leak. Unless it’s fixed, heating costs will rise and air quality will fall.
SCHEDULE PROFESSIONAL MAINTENANCE.
When you want the most longevity and energy efficiency from your furnace, have it serviced by an HVAC pro. The technician will clean, inspect and adjust all its parts. If it uses gas, they will make sure all the safety switches are functional. If you use a heat pump, the technician will verify that the evaporator coil is clean and the refrigerant level is optimal.
The pros at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar can help you winterize your HVAC. Call us for more information at (408) 868-5500 or visit our website for information. We provide HVAC services for Santa Clara and Silicon Valley homeowners.