We all know that preventative maintenance is key to extending the life of any machine, and your HVAC system is no exception. Regularly changing filters and keeping the outdoor unit clear of debris are the basics, but there’s more you can do this fall to ensure your heating system will be ready for the winter ahead.
Progressive Heating and Air’s Winter-Ready DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips
Fall is the time to start thinking about your HVAC system as we prepare for cooler temperatures and snowy conditions. An HVAC system that’s prepped for winter will boost performance, save energy costs and reduce the likelihood of a breakdown when you need it most.
A programmable thermostat makes it easy to set a schedule that ensures your home Progressive Heating and Air’s Winter-Ready DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips is warm when you need it most without overusing the system. Using the programmable thermostat settings to lower the temperature while you’re at work or asleep at night will help your system to run efficiently and reduce heating bills by up to 15 percent.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one. The latest models of thermostats can be programmed to automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day, and many offer the ability to control the home’s climate from a smartphone app.
When the leaves fall and winter weather arrives, your evaporator coils will need to be cleaned in order to remove any dust and dirt that has built up over the summer months. A professional cleaning can help to extend the life of your evaporator coils, and if it’s not done regularly, it can lead to costly repairs in the future.
You’ll also want to inspect the outdoor unit of your furnace. The all-weather sealant around the base should be checked for damage or deterioration, and it may need to be replaced. Also, you’ll want to make sure there is 10 to 15 feet of clearance between the outdoor unit and anything that could restrict airflow, such as a fence or bushes.
Lastly, you’ll want to check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. If the sensors are chirping, it’s a good idea to change the batteries. A chirping sensor is a warning that there’s a problem, and it’s important to be alerted to fire or carbon monoxide leaks before they turn into a disaster.
These simple maintenance steps can go a long way to protecting your family and ensuring that your heating system will be ready for colder temperatures and the rigours of North Carolina winters. Of course, a regular maintenance check-up by an experienced HVAC technician will provide additional peace of mind and ensure the system is in optimal condition for the winter ahead. Contact Progressive today to book your appointment. We’re available 24/7 to handle all of your HVAC repair and installation needs. We have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee, so you’ll be happy with your service no matter what the season. We look forward to helping you keep your family comfortable!
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