How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

Posted by: Anna | 11/19/2013 at 01:25 PM

How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

Taking time to prepare your HVAC system for winter can cut costs and add years to the life of your furnace. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your heater blowing and going for many years to come:

  • Examine Your HVAC Unit – Check your heating and cooling system before the harsh winter weather gets here. With today’s units, it’s worth the service charge to have a professional perform a full inspection of all belts, motors and other complex components.
  • Change the Filter – It’s a small step, but changing your filter (or filters) every month is one of the best things you can do to increase your system’s efficiency and add years to its life. Doing this when the utility bill arrives makes it easy to remember.
  • Upgrade Your Thermostat – If you have an older system, consider updating your thermostat. Today’s digital models are extremely accurate, so you don’t overheat rooms and waste energy in the long run. A programmable unit saves money by letting the house cool off when you are out of the house and warm up when people are home.
  • Clean Your Ducts – Clean ducts allow for efficient movement of heat and clean air. Make sure there are no dents, breaks or punctures in your ductwork. Caring for ductwork is another instance when it’s a best to consult a professional.
  • Check your Insulation – If you have blown-in insulation, make sure it hasn’t settled and become too thin. Check batted insulation to make sure it’s not torn, falling or otherwise damaged.

For more tips on reducing your energy costs this winter, visit The Spark’s Energy section.

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