4 Tips for Preparing Your HVAC System for Winter

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It's November, and that means the winter cold will be here before you know. If you're like most homeowners, you haven't used the heating function of your HVAC system for many months. To get the best results from your systems, there are some things that homeowners should do before the cold weather arrives. Here are four tips from Veteran Air that you can use to prepare your HVAC system for winter.

Replace Filters

It's essential to replace the air filters in your HVAC system throughout the year. Replacing the air filter all year long is a good habit to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your HVAC unit. The air filter keeps particulates and dust out of your HVAC unit, which also cleans the air in your home. It's recommended that users replace their air filters at least once every three months, though Veteran Air recommends changing the air filter more often. Replacing the filters before the start of winter will keep your HVAC system good until spring. Allowing the screens to get dirty cause your system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency and higher-than-necessary utility bills. Taking care of your air filters can drastically prolong the life of your HVAC unit. Also, choosing an allergen filter will improve your indoor air quality. Veteran Air can help find the perfect air filters for your home.

Do a Quick Check

No one wants to find out that their heater isn't working when it's frigid outside. To prevent his from happening, homeowners should do various quick checks to make sure their system is ready for winter. Even without extensive knowledge of how to fix an HVAC unit, homeowners can detect potential issues by turning on the heating function on their HVAC system. To run a sound check, turn on the unit and check for unusual sounds, such as a banging or rattling sound. You should also look for telltale signs of issues, such as moisture on windows, or rust or dirt accumulations on the vent pipe. Homeowners should also assess the room temperature by checking the thermostat's temperature while the unit is running. If it's not reaching the ideal temperature, it's a sign that your unit needs to be serviced.

Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Filters aren’t perfect, and the air ducts in a home will collect dust, allergens, mold, and other contaminants throughout the year. If these pollutants aren’t removed before you start running the heater, it can create unpleasant smells and produce health-harming contaminants that have reacted to heat, which makes their effects more severe. Veteran Air can let you know if your ducts need to be cleaned by performing an indoor air quality test. Our air quality specialists will determine your specific issues, then design a strategy for both immediate and long-term results.

Schedule Maintenance

Every piece of machinery needs regular maintenance to continue performing at optimal efficiency, and HVAC units are no different. If you haven’t had your system serviced in the past year, having it done before winter makes sense. Veteran Air can perform scheduled maintenance on your unit to diagnose and solve potential issues that may lead to problems or danger down the line. For example, HVAC systems have belts that can break. Having a qualified technician look for damaged belts allows them to be replaced before the homeowner experiences any issue.

Whether you want to get new air filters, have your unit serviced, or get your indoor air quality checked, Veteran Air is the place to go. Send us a message online to get a free estimate for the HVAC work you need to have done.

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