Learn the Top Things to Look for When Getting Your HVAC System Inspected for the Winter Season

Properly winterizing your HVAC system begins with seasonal preventive maintenance by a qualified technician. The procedure includes manufacturer-recommended procedures designed to support maximum furnace efficiency and performance while reducing wear and tear, as well as an in-depth evaluation of all ancillary functions and components related to heating the home. Here are some more specifics on the list of things you need to do to winterize your HVAC system.

    • Installing a new filter. If the HVAC system still has the filter you installed during the summer, it’s time to replace it with a quality pleated-cotton or polyester filter for winter operation. Keep replacing it at least every other month during the heating season.
    • Inspecting insulation. Heat rises, so attic insulation plays a major role in reducing heat loss through the roof. Verifying that the depth of insulation meets current specifications and that coverage throughout the attic is adequate keeps operating costs low and supports optimum indoor comfort all winter long.
    • Testing furnace combustion. A combustion-efficiency test verifies that natural gas combustion is both safe and efficient for maximum home-heating performance. It also detects excessive amounts of carbon monoxide in the furnace exhaust stream, which can be a safety issue.
    • Checking the vent. The furnace vent should be checked to verify intact condition and stability all the way to the roof — and that no obstructions such as bird’s nests are present.
    • Evaluating airflow. To make sure heat is evenly distributed to all living spaces, a technician will check the airflow from all supply vents in the house. This not only ensures comfort and consistent temperature control, it helps to detect problems such as ductwork leakage or obstructed vents.
    • Sealing doors and windows. A quick look at the weather stripping around doors and in window tracks may reveal an important source of both heat loss and cold drafts. Worn, deteriorated weather stripping should be replaced to maintain energy efficiency and indoor comfort.

Ask Paitson Bros. about winterizing your HVAC season to make the cold season comfortable and your HVAC system efficient. We’ve been helping to keep the Wabash Valley warm through every winter since 1922.

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