It might be February, and it might even be a bit warmer than usual, but for most of us, we still have a few cold snaps to go before we can turn off the heat. This means you still have to maintain your system to ensure that it operates at peak efficiency. And of course, periodic upkeep also improves your system’s lifespan as well. Here are some midwinter steps you should take to help your system work better and last longer.
Don’t forget the filters
Many people forget about changing their filters in the winter. They think it’s only important during the cooling season, but this isn’t true. Regularly changing your filter is a vital part of system upkeep. In fact, not only do these simple little things keep the air cleaner, they boost overall system operation. A dirty filter can actually cause damage by restricting airflow and making your system work far harder than it should.
Listen to your system
It is easy to tune out the sounds you hear around your home, from the ice machine and dryer to the sounds of your HVAC system. It is important, however, to pay attention to the sounds your system makes every once in a while. A change in how your system operates might show up as a new sound, allowing you to catch issues early, before they turn into large, expensive repairs.
Check your outdoor unit
Outdoor units are exposed to all sorts of challenges in the winter. From snow and icy buildup to yard debris, these units have it tough. If you live in an area with a high amount of winter precipitation and freezing conditions, then you’ll want to make sure you winterize your units before the cool temperatures arrive. It is also smart to check on it throughout the heating season to make sure it is still free of ice, yard debris, and other things that can restrict airflow and cause problems.
If you find yourself caught in a cold snap without a working system, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you get back up and running!