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5 Home Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

Since your home’s heating equipment probably hasn’t been used for several months, now is a great time to focus on a few important tasks. We’re going to get you started with five easy-to-follow winter preparation tips that will help this season go more smoothly.

Hire an HVAC Technician

Your heating equipment should be checked by a qualified HVAC technician once or twice per year. If you haven’t already scheduled a check-up, then you should do so now to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the equipment throughout the season.

Fire Up Your Heating System

There’s a very good chance that you haven’t turned on your heating equipment for several months, so you should definitely fire it up (so to speak) so that you can pinpoint any possible maintenance needs. If you do notice that anything is amiss, you should relay this information to a qualified technician.

Check for Air Leaks

No matter how well you maintain your home, cracks and gaps that allow air to leak through are going to develop. Two of the most common areas are around the edges of your windows and doors, but your air ducts, attic, and other areas can have them, too. Seal any leaks that you find with weather-stripping, spray foam, or caulk, depending on the location and size.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

The start of a new season is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your existing thermostat so that you can decrease your energy usage and maintain better control over your comfort. Depending on the type of model you choose, you’ll have access to advanced features such as remote access, energy reports, weather alerts, and more.

Replace Your System’s Filter

Air filters do a fantastic job at removing contaminants from your home’s air so they don’t harm anyone in your household. You should check the filter before turning on your heating system for the first time, and then check it once per month after that.

If you are in need of more information about winter preparation or have any HVAC concerns, reach out to the professionals at Beyer Boys. We’ve been servicing San Antonio and the surrounding areas since 1990.