Winter is here, and you are probably pretty thankful for your heating system every time you look at the forecast. Don’t forget, however, that you still need to maintain your system to make sure that it lasts throughout the winter and that it works as efficiently as possible.
Here are some steps to help you keep your system last longer and work better all winter long.
Don’t forget the filters
Sometimes people neglect their filters in the winter, thinking that it’s only important to change them often during the cooling season. In reality, changing your filter is an important step to take all year long. Not only will it help keep your indoor air cleaner, it also improves overall system operation. So change your filters just as often during the winter months as you do during the summer.
Listen to your system
Homes tend to be noisy places, but it’s important that you pay attention to how your system sounds when it kicks in and shuts off. So make a little time to turn everything off and listen to your system. A rattle, hum, or other unusual sound might signify a problem. While you’re at it, go around and feel the air coming out of your vents. The air coming out should be fairly equal from room to room.
Check your outdoor unit
Outdoor units are exposed to everything from snow and ice to yard debris. These units really have it tough! If you live in an area with a lot of winter precipitation, you hopefully winterized your unit before the bad weather hit. But, throughout the season you should check your unit and make sure it stays free of ice, yard debris, and anything else that can restrict airflow and cause problems.
Of course, if you happen to get caught in the cold and need help getting your system back up and running, feel free to give us a call!