How to Winterize Your HVAC System

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By now, everyone has switched their HVAC system from your air conditioner to your heater, and are using it often these days. These colder temperatures make it difficult to keep your house warm and cozy, and your HVAC is working hard. To ensure that your HVAC system stays in great condition throughout the rest of the winter season, we have some simple tips to follow.

Once the snow has melted and gone away, take the time to go outside and check on your unit. Remove any debris that may be trapped in your unit, then clean your unit using a hose to get rid of dirt and dust. Once your unit has been cleaned, it may be a good idea to invest in a cover for your unit, if you have not yet done so. A cover will prevent any more debris from getting into your unit, and can keep snow and ice off of your unit. Covers can be purchased at any home improvement store and are a great investment for your home.

Another way to help winterize your HVAC is to remove window units. If you have any window units in your home, you should take them out and store them inside of your home during the winter. These units are able to be preserved better by keeping them inside until they are needed in the summer.

Lastly, you should change the filter in your home. Locate your air filter and replace it, if you have not done so in the past 3-4 months. If you live in an area with construction, an area that gets a lot of wind, or if you have pets, you may want to change your air filter more often. Replacing your air filter prevents it from becoming clogged and helps your HVAC system run more efficiently. 

Follow these simple tips to help keep your HVAC system running effectively and efficiently throughout the rest of the winter season. If you have an older system or have not had your HVAC system inspected in a while, you may want to schedule an appointment with a professional to come and tune up your system. If you do run in to any problems, a professional can then fix the problem before it becomes much larger. 

If you find yourself without heat during these freezing temperatures, call Automatic Air as soon as possible. Our friendly and professional staff will answer your call promptly and send out experienced, trained technicians that can efficiently diagnose and repair your heating problems quickly and cost-effectively.