Do you worry that your heating and cooling system won’t be ready for the upcoming holidays? You need to have your HVAC unit inspected periodically to stay comfortable through all seasons of the year. To help you get ready for the holidays, we thought it would be useful to put together an article discussing effective tips that will help your HVAC system. If this is something that you’re interested in knowing more about, read on for a brief guide on how to prepare your HVAC system for the holiday season.
Clean the Ducts In Your Home
If your air conditioner is not running as well as it should, it’s possible that your ducts are clogged. To determine if you have a clog, climb to the basement, crawlspace, or attic where the air conditioner is installed and look for signs of dust and debris in the ducts. Inspect all sections of the duct for tears, disconnections, and gaps. Dirty ducts will need to be cleaned so that your HVAC system works properly. While you can opt to do this yourself, utilizing professional HVAC services will yield better results.
Inspect Your Air Filters
Before the holiday season, it’s crucial that you inspect your AC filters since accumulated dirt and debris can restrict normal airflow and reduce cooling power. If your AC’s filters go uncleaned during the season, your AC may suffer a breakdown.
For the best results, it would be wise to inspect the filters regularly. If you find that the filters are too dirty, it’s important that you replace them. The manufacturer of your HVAC system has surely provided instructions on how often you should be replacing your air filters.
Seal Any Leaks
Air leakage can occur when outdoor air seeps through and conditioned air escapes your house through openings or cracks. It’s important to note that you can’t use these leaks for ventilation, because they will bring in allergens during windy or cold weather. Moisture problems can be caused by these leaks, making it more likely that mildew will grow and causing structural problems to the building.
You’ll be able to cut costs on heating and cooling by sealing air leaks in your home. You also get to improve the durability of your HVAC system by doing so, and you create a more comfortable indoor environment in the process. Luckily, sealing leaks isn’t that difficult. You can apply caulking around the openings of your window and door frames. Weatherstripping may also help seal the leaks around moving parts of your house like doors.
Set the Thermostat to the Appropriate Levels
Many of you may not know this but you’ll have to adjust your thermostat according to the changes in seasons. Failing to do so could cause complications for your HVAC system. To adjust the temperature settings of your thermostat automatically, install a programmable one in your home.
If you’d like to manually control your thermostat, consider reading a thermometer to measure the current temperatures inside your home. You should also set the thermostat to 50 to 60 degrees if you are out of the house for an extended period. Leaving your thermostat at low temperatures will freeze your coolant coils and make them explode. You also risk damaging your artwork and wallpapers, as well as causing pipes to burst, with the low temperatures.
We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you prepare your HVAC system. While this may seem like a lot of work, it will all be worth it in the end as preparing your HVAC system will allow you to avoid exorbitant repair and maintenance costs. If something does go wrong with your HVAC system, it’s important to call in professionals immediately.
At Good Guys Home Services, we strive to surpass your expectations when you need us to inspect and service your HVAC to ensure your home is ready for the winter. We have years of experience and reputation backing us up. You can rely on us to provide you with the best HVAC services for your home or business. We are the good guys for a reason, so reach out to us today!
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