Even though your HVAC system doesn’t work nearly as hard from November to March as it does in the summer, it’s still important to winterize your HVAC equipment to get the most from it. Tending to it will cut your heating costs and increase its reliability for the coldest temperatures we may experience.
Clean the outdoor condenser. Late fall is a good time to remove all the leaves and vegetation that collect around the air condenser, especially if you’re using a heat pump. The condenser is an essential part of your cooling system and heat pump/ Your system runs more efficiently when it’s clean and has adequate air flowing through it.
- Be sure that the air filter for your heat pump or furnace is clean. Nothing drives up energy costs faster than a dirty filter. It also contributes to premature wear and tear on the system.
- Inspect the condition of the register covers in each room. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth, or use the brush attachment with the vacuum. Dust covering the registers will slow the air flowing through them.
- Have an HVAC professional winterize your HVAC system. He or she will clean and adjust all the components and verify that all the safety switches function properly if yours includes a gas furnace. The technician will also verify that the chimney or flue is clear and free of rust or blockages.
If you use a heat pump, he or she will look over the evaporator coil inside the air handler to make sure it’s clean. Lubricating motors and cleaning electronic parts is also part of professional maintenance.
When you winterize your HVAC, you can count on it to deliver energy efficient and dependable warmth. For more information, contact Beyer Boys, providing HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.
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