Winter Heating Concerns: Groundhog Day

Winter Heating Concerns: Groundhog DayWill your winter heating system need to work overtime due to an extended season this year? Ask a woodchuck. Come February 2, you’ll get the answer. Maybe you’ll need to take extra measures to keep the furnace at peak function for another month or two. Or maybe it’s time to start a checklist to prepare the central air conditioner for an early spring. Everything depends on whether Punsutawney Phil sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow on Groundhog Day.

Scenario A: Groundhog Sees Shadow. Winter Lasts Longer.

  • If you didn’t get an annual winter heating system check-up at the outset of the season, you can still benefit by scheduling professional maintenance and tune-up to improve heating performance and efficiency. You’ll need it if cold weather lingers longer.
  • Also, if you’ve fallen behind on regular DIY upkeep like changing the furnace air filter, get back on track and install a new filter now.
  • Check all supply and return vents in the house in case somebody closed a vent earlier this winter. Restore full heat circulation as cold weather continues.
  • Evaluate your attic insulation. Has the house been stubbornly chilly this winter? Maybe its time to bring your insulation up to current Department of Energy standards. Your HVAC contractor can measure current insulation and easily add another layer on top of it, if necessary.

Scenario B: No Shadow. Spring And Summer Arrive Early

  • Schedule preventive A/C maintenance with your HVAC contractor. Checking critical parameters like refrigerant charge, coil condition and system airflow, a qualified service technician can bring your air conditioner up to manufacturer’s specs as well as spot any potential problems before they become a major issue during the summer.
  • Check the outdoor half of the central A/C. As spring arrives, clear away any debris, weeds or other obstructions that have accumulated on or around the component during the off-season. You want two feet of open space on all sides for adequate air circulation.

To keep your winter heating system optimal and get your A/C ready for summer, contact Paitson Bros., your local source for professional service since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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