Just because it’s been especially cold in the south this winter, doesn’t mean you have bundle yourself up like a polar bear indoors! At Estes Services, we want you to be prepared for cold weather and remain comfortable indoors. Follow the heating checklist below to keep your HVAC system running smoothly even when temperatures drop to all-time lows. With the right heating system maintenance performed by yourself and a professional, your HVAC system will last all winter long without breaking down.
Heating Checklist for Now
There are several things your system needs now to prepare it for the next cold front. A heating checklist of what you can do now or have an Estes Services professional do, include:
- Schedule heating system maintenance now to prevent major breakdowns in the winter months. An HVAC professional will inspect your system for any damaged components, perform necessary repairs, and clean your system to improve performance and efficiency.
- If you already had your heating and cooling system serviced before winter hit, check your furnace filter. Continued use of your unit when it gets cold outside leads to a dirty or clogged filter that needs to be changed before the winter season is finished. A clean filter will also prevent dust and debris buildup in your ductwork, keeping your airflow clear of any obstructions.
- Adjust your thermostat settings to keep your system’s efficiency high. Keep your thermostat at a comfortable 68°F during the winter, gaining warmth and saving money on your heating bill. If you have an older model thermostat, consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat in your home. They allow for customized settings based on your family’s schedule and making your HVAC system more energy efficient year-round.
- Inspect the area around your heating system and make sure nothing is interfering with the airflow of your equipment. Items stored around the unit hinder the flow of air, forcing the system to use more energy and work harder for proper airflow. If you have a heat pump, check the outside unit for debris or anything else obstructing the airflow.
- Check your registers and vents throughout your home. Ensure nothing is blocking your supply and return registers, such as rugs or furniture. Move any items interfering with the airflow from your registers and vents. Registers and vents with ideal airflow produce warmer rooms and help increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Heating Checklist Monthly
Everyone month there are a few extra things you can do for your heating system maintenance. Monthly maintenance will keep repairs few and far between and keep your system’s performance high while heating your home.
- The best way for you to keep your heating system operating efficiently during the winter is to check your HVAC filter monthly. Your system operates heavily during the colder months, which pulls more contaminants out of your indoor air and in through the filtration system. When the filter works harder to clean your indoor air, it becomes clogged faster. On average, a filter can last between 3 to 6 months, but check the filter every month to see if the filter needs to be changed sooner. If you notice the filter is caked with debris or is gray, change it immediately.
- If you have a heat pump, inspect the outdoor unit for any debris or other obstructions preventing adequate airflow. Check the unit every month for anything blocking the airflow, even heavy snow or ice forming on the unit. When you examine the outdoor unit monthly, you will notice if anything is damaged due to debris or a storm. If anything looks damaged, call Estes Services and schedule an HVAC repair on the outdoor unit.
- A monthly inspection of your vents and registers will prevent accidental disruption of the airflow from your heating system to the rooms in your home. Blocked vents stop optimized airflow from circulating and leads to your system overheating.
Schedule your heating system maintenance with the professionals at Estes Services. We will keep your HVAC system running efficiently, all winter long. Contact us today to schedule preventative maintenance with our NATE-certified technicians.