Crystal Lake, Illinois, homeowners know how important it is to prepare their HVAC systems for winter, but how do they go about doing it correctly? Here are a few tips to ensure your HVAC system is ready for the colder days ahead. Adequately preparing your HVAC system can increase performance during the winter months and add several years to your system’s life.
You should already be in the habit of changing your air filters every one to three months. A dirty filter reduces HVAC system performance and makes it difficult to heat or cool your home. If you are not sure what to do, check with your trusted HVAC technician. Some filters can be cleaned, but others have to be discarded and replaced. You are always better off changing the filter regularly to improve your indoor air quality.
With the temperatures starting to change, you need to make sure your thermostat is working properly. To do this, turn the heat on during a cold morning and set the thermostat to your preferred winter temperature. If it takes too long to reach that temperature, you may need to upgrade.
If you have a programmable thermostat, now is a good time to go over your preset temperatures, which may need to be adjusted for the winter months.
A lot of dust and debris can accumulate around your furnace blower compartment during the summer, which is why you’ll need to vacuum the area before switching over to heat. Although this is an easy task you can do yourself, it is something a certified technician will complete during a regular servicing.
One of the most important things you should do to prep your HVAC system for winter is to schedule annual maintenance service. The best time to schedule preventive maintenance for your heating system is during fall. The cooler temperatures make it easier to endure the down times while your system is being serviced. That way, you can be confident that your system will be ready to take on the cooler temperatures ahead.
To schedule HVAC maintenance, call Tempco Heating & Air Conditioning at (847) 670-7000. We’ll have you ready for winter in no time.