As the end of summer nears, you and your family need to look towards the colder months. Part of preparing for cold weather is ensuring that your HVAC system is ready to go. Here are some tips you can use to prepare your system.
Install a New Thermostat
If your HVAC is operated with an older thermostat, you could be wasting energy. Older thermostats rely on mercury to operate. Unfortunately, mercury can sometimes lead to inaccurate measures of the temperature in your home. As a result, the thermostat could be pushing your HVAC system to operate longer than it needs to in an effort to reach the desired temperature.
To keep your energy costs low and to avoid avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system, consider upgrading your thermostat to a digital device. In addition to providing accurate measurements of the temperature in your home, it can also be used to further regulate the operational times of the HVAC.
Clean the Ducts
The ducts in your home are responsible for funneling the heated air throughout your home. Over time, the ducts can become clogged with dust and other debris. Clogged ducts hinder the flow of air to your home, which results in the HVAC system working harder to heat your home.
By taking the time to clean your ducts prior to the winter months, you can keep the air flowing properly throughout your home. While cleaning the ducts, inspect them for damage, such as tears and dents. You also need to be on the lookout for disconnected or loose parts.
Test the Heating
Even though your HVAC system was properly pumping heated air in your home last year, there is no guarantee it will now. It is because of this, you need to take the time to run the heating system for a few minutes to determine if there are any problems with it.
While the heating is running, check the vents to ensure heat is flowing freely from them. You also need to listen for strange noises. If there are any issues with the system, contact your HVAC repair professional now. If you schedule the repair now, you could avoid spending any days without heat in your home.
Talk to a technician specializing in heating and cooling in your area to learn other steps you can take to ensure your system is ready for the cold weather. The technician can assess your system and provide you with maintenance tips to use throughout the cold months.