Winter is just a few short weeks away, and while we’ve been fortunate to receive some fairly mild fall weather so far, we can expect to see a drop in temperatures soon and what is sure to be a very cold and snowy winter. There are many important things to take care of around your home before the cold weather hits, especially as they pertain to your HVAC system and keeping your home comfortable and warm this winter season. Here is our prep list to ensure that you’ll be ready for the cold weather ahead.
- Check weatherstripping: In an effort to keep the warm air inside your home and the cold air out, make sure that any weatherstripping around your doors is in good shape. If you notice a draft through the door or chill around the edge, it may be time to invest in new weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can go a long way to helping your system work efficiently and effectively throughout the winter.
- Replace air filters: Air filters should be cleaned or replaced during each new season. A new air filter ensures proper air flow throughout your home, which will help your system to pump warm air without too much effort, which can in turn result in energy savings.
- Upgrade your thermostat: If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, it is a great option to consider as we move into winter. A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home from anywhere, and can also determine your lifestyle and heating needs once you begin to set it, reducing heating costs while keeping your home at the right temperature for when you’re home, at work, or asleep. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, make sure that you are setting it appropriately when you leave your home or go to bed.
- Switch your fans: Fans work well to cool down your home during the spring and summer months, but they can also help to move hot air into the living spaces of your home when their direction is reversed. Since heat rises, reversing the direction of your ceiling fans will help to push the warm air coming from your vents in your direction.
- Schedule maintenance and repairs: If you haven’t scheduled annual maintenance for your HVAC system or if you have repairs that need to be made, do not wait until the height of the winter season to call for help. Schedule maintenance with an HVAC professional sooner rather than later to ensure fast service and flexible scheduling.
For more tips on prepping your HVAC system for the winter season, contact Clay’s Climate Control today!