Each time a new season arrives, it’s the perfect opportunity for a homeowner to evaluate his or her HVAC system. To help you along, here is a quick list of winter preparation tasks that you should accomplish before it gets too deep into the season:
Hire a Technician
It is always advisable that you schedule time for an HVAC technician to take a look at your heating equipment at the beginning of the winter season. This will not only ensure proper operation of the equipment when you need it most, but it will also help extend the life of the system.
Clean or Replace the Air Filter
Air filters are extremely helpful in capturing harmful contaminants so that they don’t get recirculated throughout your home. Your heating system’s filter should be checked before using the equipment and then at least once per month. If the filter is clogged up, either clean or replace it, depending on what type of filter the system uses.
Seal Any Air Leaks
As a homeowner, you probably realize that air leaks are simply a fact of life that you cannot escape from. However, what you can do is check your house for any drafts, locate the cracks and gaps that are causing them, and get them sealed with caulk, spray foam, or weather-stripping. Air leaks can develop practically anywhere in your home, but the first place to check is around your doors and windows, and then take a look at your air ducts.
Check Your Home’s Vents
When vents are blocked by items such as boxes or furniture, this will keep your heating equipment from maintaining a comfortable temperature for your household. Check each vent to make sure that they are all open, remove any obstructions, and clear out any debris inside the vent.
Following these winter preparation tips will ensure a smooth season for your household. If you would like more expert advice on the winter months or have any other home comfort questions, contact the professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Monmouth and Ocean Counties with honesty and integrity since 1948.