It’s that time of year again — those long summer days will soon be over, and before you know it you’ll be relying on your heating system to keep you toasty throughout the colder months of the year. Although you may be dreading the increased energy costs, there are ways you can lower your heating expenses. What’s more, by following these simple steps you’ll improve your indoor air quality and extend the life expectancy of your HVAC system.
Winter Prep and Your HVAC System
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends homeowners schedule annual pre-season tune-ups with a professional HVAC contractor, but there are easy things you can do yourself to help keep your system in optimal working order. Winter is coming. By preparing now with the following tips, you’ll save yourself time and money once the rain starts pouring down.
- Check the air filter monthly, and change or clean it at least every three months. During the colder season it may be necessary to change them every month.
- Clean the duct grills and vents at the opening of ducts annually. Dirty vents can cause air flow issues, energy waste and an unhealthy breathing environment. Dirty ducts also put unnecessary strain on your system.
- Keep all the vents in your home open to promote efficient air flow, even in rooms that are typically unoccupied. Make sure there’s nothing obstructing vents as well, such as furniture. You can develop a moisture problem inside your home if airflow is restricted.
- Ensure discharge pipes and drip tubes are clean and free of debris. The discharge pipe (which is normally a PVC pipe) runs outdoors. The drip tube leads to a drain that is found with the indoor unit. Prevent a backup in your system by making sure there’s nothing blocking either one.
- Keep the outdoor unit clean to avoid airflow issues. Gently spray the outer coils with a garden hose to remove any leaves or debris.
For more tips on winter prep for your HVAC system, please feel free to contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the San Diego area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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