Prepare Your Home Hvac System For Winter

Posted on: 4 October 2018

Getting things around the house ready for winter can be stressful. With so much to do, how can you be sure that you get everything done in time? Well, there's no way to ensure that you'll get to everything on your to-do list, but the one thing you should be sure to make time for is preparing the HVAC system for a few months of heavy use. Here, you'll find a little information to help you prepare your HVAC system for winter.

The AC Unit

If you have an outdoor central air conditioning unit, you have to decide if it needs to be covered or not. Sometimes, it's beneficial to cover a central air unit, but in other situations, it really isn't necessary.

Covering an air conditioning unit does 2 things – it protects the outer shell of the unit from damage and prevents water from dripping inside the unit and freezing.

If your air conditioning unit is positioned directly under a tree, under your overhang or under any other type of potential hazard, think about either building a cover, or buying a cover for the unit. Since there is overhead dangers, the extra protection is warranted.

Don't forget to check the unit from time to time – especially if you've opted to use a tarp or similar item to cover your unit. Make sure that the cover has stayed tight, that there's no debris working its way in and that no animals have made the space into their winter homes.

The Furnace Unit

Now, the furnace will need to be inspected to be sure that everything is in good working order for the winter. You don't want to turn your furnace on until it has been looked over by a professional. There are so many small components that can go bad after several months of not being used, and if those components go bad and you don't catch it, you could end up filling your home with toxic gasses instead of nice, warm heat.

The technician will inspect the unit, clean and repair any components that need it and make sure that the whole system is safe for you to use. Not only do they work to make sure that everything is safe, but they'll also work to make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

Talk with a local HVAC service, like Arnold Service Co, for assistance preparing your home HVAC system for the upcoming winter.


Summer is Upon Us – Is Your AC Working?

Hi. My name is Laurie Waters. The HVAC contractor was just out at our house last week and did I ever get a lesson from him. You see, we had a warm spell hit and I went to turn our air conditioning on for the first time since last summer. Much to my dismay, it wasn’t working. All I got was a blast of warm air. The fan was bringing the outdoor heat inside. Thank goodness it wasn’t anything major. My unit needed Freon. While he was here, the contractor taught me how to do some routine maintenance around my unit, vents, and filters. I’m going to share this information with you. I hope you find it to be useful.

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