Before the temperature drops too much this fall, you should make sure your heating system is ready for the winter. There are many steps you can take to get your system in winter shape, and you can always call an HVAC professional if you’d like a complete tune-up and inspection. Read on to discover what you should be looking for this fall.
The first step you should take to get your home ready for the fall and winter months is to clean and clear the space around your furnace. A dirty furnace may cause your entire system to run less efficiently. If there is clutter piled around the furnace, it could be a fire hazard. You should clear household items or debris from the entire space around your furnace, hot water heater, and any other heating or air conditioning equipment. If you have a heat pump or other outdoor unit, you should also make sure that any outside debris has not collecting on or around the unit. Depending on the size of your yard and the number of trees in it, leaves in the fall can be an incredible fire hazard. If you have an outdoor unit, you should have clear leaves, clippings, bushes, weeds, and other debris that may have accumulated over the summer and fall from your unit. While you’re at it, it’s probably a good idea to clear off any outdoor air conditioning units you have as well to make your job easier in the spring. When you’re ready to get your home and air conditioning system ready for the summer, check out our air conditioning maintenance checklist In addition to being a fie hazard, obstructions like these can also block critical airflows, thereby reducing the efficiency of your heating system.
Check Your Insulation
One of the best and easiest ways to make sure your heating system is running at its maximum efficiency is check your insulation. Even if your heating system is running well, you could lose heat through poor insulation in your home. To check your insulation, close all your doors and windows and turn off anything that may generate a draft. Once this is done, wet your hand and test for any drafts around the home. The most common places for cold air to enter are around doors and windows so check these areas well.
Replace Your Air Filters
If your heating system runs through ducts with air filters, it’s important that you replace your air filters in the fall before the weather starts getting too cold. Your filters have probably collected dirt and dust over the spring and summer months that may have a negative impact on the efficiency of your system. Replacing air filter once or twice per season should be the absolute minimum, as it’s probably a good idea to replace them monthly. A heating system that has to struggle due to excess dirt and dust may cause cold spots to form around your home and increase your energy bill. In addition to these problems, a heating system that has a struggle will not last as long as one operating at peak efficiency. You could find yourself needing more repairs or needing a new system altogether before the expected lifespan of your system has expired.
Listen for Unusual Noises
Once it’s time to fire up your furnace for the winter, listen for any unusual noises coming from your system. These can often be created by debris in the vents, loose bolts or register blockages. If you hear a noise, try to locate the area of the system it is coming from. This will save you time and money if you need to call a professional to for a repair.
Call an HVAC Professional
Some of these simple tasks you can perform yourself, but nothing compares to a full inspection and tune-up of your system. The heating experts at Carey and Walsh can take care of everything listed above plus many other checks, fixes, and repairs that will have your heating system running more efficiently, quieter, and longer. At Carey and Walsh, we have experience inspecting and repairing every aspect of any type of HVAC system from residential to commercial. We’ll take care of all your heating system needs whether, you need a repair, replacement, or complete installation. Residents of Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties: give us a call at 914-762-9600 for all your heating needs or contact us for 24/7 emergency service.