Use These 5 HVAC Tips During Colder Seasons

Friday, July 15th, 2016

As fall and winter approach, it is crucial to get your home heating system ready for the colder months. Your HVAC system will be used much more during this time and it is essential to prepare it for this additional work. The following maintenance tips will help you make sure your HVAC system operates efficiently during the cold seasons.

Change air filters regularly

You need to make sure the HVAC filters inside your unit are clean. HVAC filters can become clogged with dust, dirt and other debris. These contaminants add stress to the entire heating and cooling system. A clogged filter can reduce HVAC efficiency by as much as 15%. Ultimately, the reduced efficiency will lead to a higher energy bill. Replacing your HVAC filters on a regular basis will help remove allergens from the air, providing a higher air quality in your home. It is best to change your HVAC filters every two to three months.

Clear the vents

Vents within your HVAC system can often become blocked by pet hair and dust after times of inactivity. If you clean the vents, you will not only cause them to operate more efficiently but it will also reduce allergens circulating in your home.

Examine ducts for leaks

The average home loses anywhere from 20% – 30% of the air moving through its ducts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This air loss is due to leaks, holes and poorly connected parts in the duct system. With patience and a good ear, you may be able to hear if the air is escaping from the ductwork. Minor issues can be serviced by an HVAC professional.

Check the thermostat setting

Your HVAC system should be keeping you at a comfortable temperature. The recommended setting during colder seasons such as fall and winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This indoor air setting is considered comfortable for the majority. If you choose to go higher than 68 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be aware that each increased degree will 1% – 2% to your energy bill. However, if you lower the setting, you can end up saving money.

Get a tune-up from an HVAC professional

The best way to ensure efficient performance during the cold seasons is to schedule an HVAC tune-up with a professional. A professional can not only adjust and clean your system, they can also ensure that all parts are in great shape. If a small problem is found, this professional can fix it before it turns into an expensive repair.

Remaining aware and performing regular maintenance will prevent major repairs from needing to take place. You can contact the professionals at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. for help with your HVAC system. We serve commercial, heavy industrial, and residential clients throughout the Texas Panhandle. Call us today at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our services. You can also visit us in person at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo, Texas.