Important Winterization Tips For Your HVAC System
As the seasons shift to cooler weather, your HVAC system will also need a seasonal adjustment. This is why it's important to contact an HVAC professional and take some beneficial winterization steps for your comfort. Below, we offer winterization tips for your HVAC system.
Clean and Change Your HVAC Filter
One of the easiest winterization steps to take is changing your filter, or cleaning it if you have a reusable HVAC filter. With a disposable filter, change it every 90 days, but check it monthly. With reusable filters, follow the manufacturer's guidelines and cleaning instructions. If you have any trouble with filter changes or cleanings, an HVAC professional can help.
Check Your Thermostat
With the thermostat, start by making sure it's not still on cooling mode when you're getting ready to use the furnace. If you have a standard thermostat, do a quick test to see if it activates your furnace. If it's not all that cold yet, you may have to adjust the settings to trigger it. With a programmable thermostat, change your settings so they work with your winter preferences.
Test the Furnace
As you test your thermostat to make sure it still triggers your furnace, pay attention to how your furnace is running. If you notice short cycles, longer-than-expected ignition attempts, or similar issues, let an HVAC pro know. We can perform the necessary adjustments or repairs to get your furnace up and running before winter hits.
Remove Clutter from Around Your Furnace
Over the summer, it's not unusual for odds and ends to wind up around a furnace that's not in use. make sure to clear away any clutter from the area immediately around your furnace. Clear away leaves and other debris from your outside HVAC unit, the one for your AC, before you cover it up for winter.
Schedule an HVAC Inspection
One other very important winterization step is to schedule an HVAC inspection. It's best to have this done at least twice a year. You should do the first inspection earlier in the year before you shift into cooling mode. This is the one that focuses on your air conditioning unit. The second inspection, the one that's part of the winterization process, can be done in late summer or early fall before you start using your furnace. This type of HVAC inspection involves:
- Checking the blower and other key internal parts
- Seeing if there are any issues with the registers or ductwork
- Checking electrical connections and other related parts
If you need some help with HVAC winterization, Harwich Port Heating and Cooling is at your service. Our HVAC technicians are also ready to lend a hand by conducting a thorough inspection and taking care of any other service issues that may need addressed as you prepare your HVAC system for winter. Contact an HVAC professional from our team today to get the winterization process started.