Brrr…baby it’s cold outside! As much as we have enjoyed the fall weather, winter is right around the corner. It can be very expensive to repair your heating system and furnaces, however with these helpful tips you won’t be left out in the cold.
1. Preventive System Maintenance
Similar to having your car inspected each year, your HVAC system is also a high-priced ticket item and needs to have the proper care and maintenance. It’s a common conception that purchasing a system maintenance plan is a waste of money, but on the contrary, a system service and maintenance plan works to save you money in the long run. Having your technician come out for a system check before cold man winter arrives can help spot any minor problems that may build up over time and lead to major expenditures that were unplanned for. Furthermore, many system maintenance plans come with exclusive discounts off parts and labor as well as priority response times.
2. Clean Your Air Filters
The best way to keep your air ducts clean is by cleaning and replacing your air filters often. Replace every 3 months, or when your filters are overly dirty, and replace every 2 months when you have furry friends in the household. Updating dirty air filters can alleviate many future headaches caused by dirty air filters such as, reduced air flow, additional debris accumulating on your filters, and overall system failure. There are a few ways to easily tell if your air filters need cleaning, 1) build-up of dust and hair on your filter, 2) infestations from unwanted pests, and 3) mold.
3. Test & Replace Batteries
The three most important items in your home that need to be tested to see if new batteries are needed include thermostats, fire detector monitors, and carbon monoxide (CO) detector monitors. Why are these three the most important? When you notice that your HVAC system is not performing, it may be as simple as your thermostat batteries are dead and need replacing rather than a major repair in the main unit needing to be completed. Likewise, you’ll want to make sure to test a higher temperature setting in the house and that the higher temperature stays put before it drops to 30 degrees during the night.
Additionally, as we head into the holiday season it’s often amateur hour in the kitchen and we likely also welcome guests into our homes. In the event of the turkey burning in the oven by accident or carbon monoxide gas leaking into our homes, it’s imperative for everyone’s safety to test and replace the batteries in all of your fire alarm detectors and CO detectors.
Interested in a worry free holiday season? Contact Johns Brothers HVAC and let us help you prepare for the winter season ahead.