If you live in the south of the country, where winter can sometimes extend its icy hand, you need to get your HVAC system ready for action. While it is always a good idea to service these systems on a consistent basis, it's even more important to do so before those wintry days arrive. So if you're looking at your calendar and getting ready for the temperature drop, what do you need to do with your HVAC?
Doing A Dummy Run
You should first make alterations to your control systems so that you can test their heating ability before winter arrives. Most people simply assume that they can just switch from cold to warm and that everything will be okay, but as this relies on different components and an entirely different procedure, you shouldn't bank on it. By testing while winter is still on the horizon, you may have time to address any issues before the temperature plummets.
Scheduling A Full Service
At the least, you should schedule a full-service visit and get an HVAC professional to clean the system and tune up the furnace. Remember, the furnace is at the heart of the system and where most problems may arise.
Preparing The Outdoor Unit
In the winter, you won't need to use the outdoor unit of your HVAC system and should take steps to protect it from ice or snow. This is a good time to clean the unit and get rid of any grass, twigs, leaves or other accumulation. You can rinse off the unit to remove any other debris before letting it dry completely. Ensure that it is isolated from the rest of the system before covering it with a waterproof membrane. These covers are purpose-made and "breathable," so you shouldn't get any buildup of moisture under the cover.
Changing The Filter
Changing the filter is important, just as you would in the middle of the summer season. It'll help regulate air quality and, crucially, should help you avoid some costly repairs in the future.
Programming For Efficiency
If you don't already have one in place, consider buying a programmable thermostat. This will help you maintain a consistent temperature throughout the winter and during next summer's season. They are relatively cost-effective devices but can also save you a lot on your energy bill.
Bringing In A Technician
As you get ready for winter, bring in an air conditioning technician. They will perform all the checks and prepare your system for whatever mother nature brings.