Whether you like it or not, winter crept up quickly and is already upon us. One of the most important things in your home during the winter is your HVAC system. Not only does it keep you warm and cozy when you’re inside, but heating your house makes sure that your pipes don’t freeze as well. Given how important the HVAC is in the winter, it’s imperative to service your system and make sure it’s in good running condition. Here are some tips to make sure your HVAC is ready for winter.
Change Your Filter
One of the simplest things you can do to improve the performance of your HVAC system is to change the filter. This is a job that can be done by yourself in most cases. It’s easy, quick, and effective. It’s recommended that you change your HVAC filter every three months, so you’ll most likely have to do it more than once during the winter. Filters vary based on the HVAC system you have, so you should do a little research to find which one you need. Changing your filter helps to improve airflow through the filter, ensures cleaner air, and helps extend the life of your furnace.
Make Sure Your Insulation is Good
Although not technically part of your HVAC system, having proper insulation helps your system immensely. The point of insulation is to retain as much heat or cold air in your home as possible, and to keep the outdoor elements from coming into your house. Ensuring you have the proper insulation helps your HVAC system to not have to constantly be running. It makes your home more efficient at holding in the heat that your furnace creates, so it has to be activated less frequently the better the insulation you have. Not only will your house stay warmer, but you’ll also save money on your electric bill. If you want to check if your home has good enough insulation, there are a few tells that you can see by yourself.
Clean Your Ducts
Something that is often overlooked in your HVAC system is the ducts. Throughout the year, your ducts can start to gather dust and allergens. This decreases the quality of the air that you’re breathing. When getting your HVAC ready for winter, you should consider getting your ducts inspected and cleaned by a professional. They will not only clean your ducts to make sure they’re free of dust and allergens, but will also inspect for repairs that need to be done.
If you need your HVAC system serviced and inspected before we get too far into winter, be sure to give Knight Plumbing a call. We are licensed for all HVAC services and have 24/7 emergency services so we can help with whatever you need, whenever you need it. Give Knight Plumbing a call today with any HVAC or plumbing questions you have!