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Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Winter is here and the temperature outside is dropping! Have you done everything you can to maintain your HVAC system this season? If not, your furnace could be struggling. Performing regular winter maintenance on your HVAC system can prevent a furnace breakdown and help you avoid necessary heater repair. The following checklist will help ensure that your furnace is prepared for hard use this winter, so you won’t find yourself stranded without a source of heat.

Seal Air Ducts

Air ducts have a way of developing leaks over time. This can happen because of events like renovations to your HVAC system and changes made to the duct work. When air ducts develop leaks, heated air from your furnace can find its way into the attic and other unheated parts of your home. This forces your furnace to work harder to deliver warm air to where it needs to go. The harder your furnace must work to accomplish its goal, the shorter its service life is likely to be.

To improve efficiency in the HVAC system, start by looking for gaps in the ducts. Check places where ducts connect to one another and in the locations where the ducts enter or exit the walls and flooring. Seal the leaks in your air ducts by taping the gaps with foil tape.

Program Your Thermostat

Program your digital thermostat to lower the temperature at times when it’s less important for the house to be warm. These times may be at night when you’re asleep or during the day while you’re at work. Have the thermostat raise the temperature at times when you’re at home and wish to feel more comfortable, like in the evening around dinner time. Doing this will prevent your furnace from working harder than necessary to heat your home, and thus will eliminate some of the burden on your HVAC system.

Change the Air Filter

Your HVAC system relies on an air filter. This one filter cleans all the air that flows through the HVAC system, regardless of whether or not you’re running the air conditioner or the heater. You should be changing your air filter every three months, as long as the HVAC system is in use. This means that if you ran your air conditioner this summer, a filter change is long overdue. To perform this task, remove the old filter from the location between the blower and the return air duct. Replace the filter with a new one purchased from a hardware store or home improvement center.

Get a Tuneup  

Contact a heating repair person to get a tuneup for your furnace and HVAC system. Your heating repair person can check all the wires, belts, the pilot light and your thermostat to determine whether or not each component of your HVAC system is in good shape. If your heating repair person finds a problem, he or she will make recommendations for repair. For more information about preparing your HVAC system, contact a business such as McLaughlin Air Conditioning Co Inc.