Seven Winter HVAC Tips

Your home's HVAC system is more important than ever during the cold winter months when you need to keep your household healthy and comfortable. If you live in an area where the winter gets very cold, you need to do everything you can to avoid wintertime malfunctions that could make it difficult to regulate your home's interior temperature.

The following are seven important winter HVAC tips you should use to keep your HVAC equipment in the best possible shape in the coming months:

Make sure there isn't any debris in your air vents

When you're doing your vacuuming, it's a good idea to remove any dust or other debris from air vents that are part of your HVAC system. Vacuuming out your vents will improve the quality of your home's interior air. At the same time, vacuuming will make it easier for your furnace or heater to channel conditioned air throughout your home. This will make your home's HVAC system more efficient.

Put a cover over your exterior AC equipment

If you have a central air conditioner with an outdoor unit, it's a good idea to cover it up during the winter months. Covering up your outdoor unit will protect your unit from damage from snow and ice during the winter months. In addition, a cover will protect your outdoor unit from debris that could get stuck inside it and cause malfunctions.

Make sure that the filter of your heater or furnace has been recently replaced

One of the most important maintenance tasks for ensuring the proper operation of your HVAC equipment is replacing the air filter when necessary. The filter on your unit is responsible for removing debris from the air as it passes through your HVAC equipment including your ducts.

Failing to replace your air filter promptly when necessary will have numerous consequences. It will compromise the quality of the air in your home. Additionally, it will make it so that your heater and air conditioner have to work harder than they should have to in order to channel conditioned air throughout your home.

Simply switching out your filter will do a lot to make it so your heater can condition interior air with less effort. That's going to save you on utility bills throughout the winter.

Have a humidifier installed

Dry air has a tendency to feel colder than humid air. For this reason, installing a humidifier can make a home more comfortable during the cold winter months.

In many geographical regions, air outside tends to naturally become drier when the temperatures drop. A humidifier in a home makes it easy for a household to feel more comfortable without the heater or furnace having to work too hard.

Schedule an inspection of your heater or furnace and other HVAC equipment

Having an inspection performed on all your HVAC equipment before the coldest temperatures of the winter arrive is a good idea. It's important that any malfunctions in your heater or furnace are addressed and repaired before temperatures outside drop so low that the health of your household could be compromised by a severe HVAC malfunction.

Put fresh batteries in your thermostat

Eventually, the batteries on your thermostat are going to die. When your thermostat stops working, your heater or furnace will probably stop heating your home's air and the temperature inside your home will rapidly drop.

Simply changing out your thermostat batteries early in the winter will minimize the chances that your thermostat will stop working unexpectedly during the winter. In addition to switching out your thermostat batteries, you should also keep a spare set of batteries available all winter long in case your thermostat stop working during a storm and you have no way of getting out for new batteries right away.

Make sure your insulation is adequate

Beefing up your insulation before the coldest temperatures arrive is always a good idea. Unfortunately, insulation can wear out and become damaged over time so that it doesn't work as well as it should.

If you have your HVAC system inspected by a technician, you should also have the technician look at your insulation. If it is recommended, you might want to install some new insulation or replace existing insulation if it has become damaged in some way. This will make it more comfortable in your home and easier for your HVAC equipment to do its job properly.

Avoid leaving your doors and windows open

Many homeowners have a bad habit of leaving doors and windows open for extended periods of time even when it's cold outside in the winter. Every time you open your doors and windows, conditioned interior air escapes and cold outdoor air gets in your home.

Opening your doors and windows too much puts added stress on your HVAC equipment. Get in the habit of only opening doors and windows when necessary to maximize efficiency.

If you'd like to schedule an inspection or are in need of HVAC repairs, contact us at Tin Man Heating & Cooling Inc. for assistance. We'll be happy to help you to keep your HVAC equipment in great shape at any time of the year. We know how important it is to have properly functioning HVAC equipment, so we'll respond quickly to your inquiries and provide you with reliable service.