HVAC Tips for the Holidays
You have so many things to do for the holidays, and it is hard to keep track of them all. You have the fall cleanup to do, and the family will be coming for a holiday dinner. Making sure your furnace works this winter is a very important task, one that should be at the top of your lists of things to do. To help you stay on track, here are some tips to make sure your HVAC system is in good working order before cold weather hits.
1. Change Your Furnace Filter Every 3 Months
Your furnace filters keep dirt from clogging up your HVAC system motor. Replace them every three months or when they appear dirty to keep your heating system working efficiently. Replacing filters frequently and keeping the system clean goes a long way toward better indoor air quality during your holiday party.
2. Lower Your Thermostat A Few Degrees When Away From Home
A programmable thermostat takes the worry out of winter heating bills. You just set it and forget it. It's that easy. You can choose the temperature settings for up to four different times of the day. Lower the temperature a few degrees when away from home during the holidays and while sleeping. Lowering your thermostat by 5 - 10 degrees can help you save money and is less wear on your heating system.
3. Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors Monthly
Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that is produced by your heating system. This gas is hazardous if it builds up in the vents. If your heating vents get clogged, this gas can back up into your house, and it is deadly to people and pets. Install a carbon monoxide detector as well as a smoke detector and check them monthly.
4. Keep Vents Near Heat Sources Clear of Debris
During the summer, when the heat is not needed, you can place furniture or rugs over unused vents. But in the winter, you need to clear this area for airflow. Make sure there is nothing that may combust near any heat sources. Blankets, rugs, and tablecloths can cover vents and restrict the airflow to the HVAC system, making it harder to maintain room temperature.
5. Schedule a Yearly HVAC Inspection Before Winter
A quick holiday checkup before the heating season can help extend the life of your HVAC system. Just like a doctor's visit for people, your heating system needs a little maintenance to stay healthy and operate efficiently. Routine maintenance can catch many issues before they cause problems. It will give you peace of mind to know that heat will be there when you need it.
Call us today at Harwich Port Heating and Cooling to schedule an HVAC inspection or maintenance service to keep your system running smoothly for the holiday season.