Why These Winter HVAC Checks Are So Important This Season

Taking the time to complete a few winter HVAC checks helps ensure reliable, efficient heating all winter. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in most northern states, heating the house consumes fully two-thirds of the home’s total annual energy expense. Ensuring that your system’s operating as efficiently and effectively as possible can take up much of your monthly heating costs. Winter HVAC checks are also important for a safe, comfortable indoor environment, as well as reducing wear and tear on heating components.

Here are some winter HVAC checks you should perform to get a good start on the heating season:

Schedule annual preventative heating maintenance.

Use a certified, professional HVAC contractor. This service should include a checkup of all vital heating systems, as well as critical safety checks. Annual professional maintenance is also required to keep most HVAC manufacturers’ warranties current.

Check all air vents.

Ensure that all system supply and return vents are wide open and not obstructed by objects such as furniture or drapes. It’s a good idea to use a vacuum to pull accumulated dust out of the grilles of supply and return vents too.

Clear out the furnace enclosure.

If you’ve stored any objects or possessions in proximity to the furnace over the summer, move them out now. No combustibles or other fire hazards — paper, rags, spare filters, paint, cleaning or laundry solutions, etc. — can be near an operating furnace at any time.

Review programmable thermostat settings.

Winter HVAC checks include ensuring that scheduled temperature settings still meet present heating requirements and are consistent with daily household habits.

Install a new air filter.

Don’t start the winter season with a leftover summer filter. During the heating season, inspect filter condition monthly and replace it with a fresh filter at least every other month.

Cover the outdoor AC unit.

Now that the central air conditioner is idle until spring, cover the outside condenser unit with a commercially available AC cover. This prevents weather-related damage to the unit during the winter.

For professional annual maintenance, as well as more about DIY winter HVAC checks, contact Paitson Bros. Keeping your home safe and comfortable every winter since 1922.

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