How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter Weather

How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter Weather

A home’s HVAC system may be its most expensive component, and it makes sense to prepare your HVAC system for winter weather, so that it works as efficiently as possible. Getting it ready for the heating season also involves preventing inadvertent damage to cooling components. These steps will help you cut energy consumption, increase safety and ensure reliable heating.

Clean the outdoor condenser. Remove any vegetation around the outdoor condenser and gently hose it off with water when the temperature is above freezing, so it has time to dry off. It’s also a good idea to keep it uncovered, since doing so will make the condenser an inviting place for rodents to nest, chewing the wiring inside. Condensers are weather-resistant and the excessive moisture that gathers in a covered unit can harm the finish and components.

Change the air filter. After changing the air filter, make a note to check it monthly and replace it when it gets dirty. A dirty filter will increase energy consumption, shorten the life of your HVAC system and lower indoor air quality (IAQ).

Have the HVAC system professionally serviced. A professional tune-up will prepare your HVAC system for winter weather so that it will run more efficiently and safely. Your HVAC technician might spot small problems that could escalate and leave you without heating when you most need it. A professional tune-up involves cleaning and adjusting parts, calibrating the thermostat, checking for proper airflow and verifying system safety.

Look over the ducts. Check your registers for dust and dirt. An excessive accumulation of dust can indicate ductwork leaks your HVAC contractor can repair. Dirt in ductwork degrades IAQ, while leaks increase energy bills. If you use vented gas appliances, ductwork leaks can even pull carbon monoxide into your home, posing a serious health hazard.

The pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. can help prepare your HVAC system for winter weather. We’ve provided exceptional HVAC services for Monmouth County and surrounding homeowners for three generations.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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