With the arrival of colder weather in the Broken Arrow area, it’s time to get your home’s HVAC system ready for the coming winter. You can ensure your family’s comfort, and protect the system’s various components from damage by taking these steps to winterize your HVAC now:
Promote Good Airflow and Air Quality
There are some simple tasks that you can tackle to prevent airflow restrictions and boost air quality when the heating system is running. Replace the HVAC air filter first, then clean the vents throughout your house by removing and wiping down the covers and vacuuming inside each duct opening. Make sure your registers are fully open too, and that nothing is blocking the return air grilles.
Protect the Outdoor Component
If you have a central split-system air conditioner, you’ll want to shut down the outdoor unit so it won’t get harmed if the thermostat accidentally gets switched over to cooling mode during the winter. This is easy to do by via the breaker in your main electrical panel, and the switch that’s located outside near the unit. To shield the unit from falling ice, place a board or piece of plywood on top, and weigh it down with a brick or concrete block.
Clean Up Around the Outdoor Unit
Yard debris like piles of dead leaves around the outdoor unit make it more attractive to rodents and other nesting pests. To discourage them from setting up housekeeping, trim back and clear away dead vegetation, then open the cabinet and vacuum/sweep out any accumulated debris from inside.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Having a certified technician service your HVAC system can give you peace of mind that it’s operating safely and efficiently. A pro will inspect and clean the furnace and verify that critical components like the blower, venting, heat exchanger and electrical are in good repair. If you have a heat pump, they’ll check the refrigerant level and clean the coils, and make sure that the defrost and back up heat are functioning properly.
For more advice about how to winterize your HVAC, contact us at Air Assurance today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.