As winter begins and the temperatures outside begins to drop you may notice an increase in your utility bills due to a higher heating cost. There are several things that should be done to your heating ventilation air conditioning system to prepare it for the winter. Preparing your HVAC for winter can possibly cut your electricity usage, lower your bill, and extend the overall life of your HVAC system.
Preparing a Heat Pump for Winter Temperature
If your home is heated or cooled using a heat pump there are several steps that you should take in order to prepare your heat pump for winter. You should always make sure that the heat pump is unobstructed so that air can circulate through it properly. Building a shelter or something to go to your heat pump, however, is not recommended. The manufacturer should make a special cover that is designed to ensure that no accumulated snow or ice falls on the heat pump fan to interfere with the air flowing through the pump. If an ice were to form on your heat pump do not chip at it with a tool but instead just melt it with hot water so that the pump does not get damaged. In order for your heat pump to survive the winter, you should always properly maintain it.
It would not even be a bad idea to call and have someone inspect your heat pump before the winter season actually starts. A lot of the maintenance, however, can be done very easily without the help of a contractor. You should cut all power off going to your heat pump and hose the outside coils off. You should also check your filter every month and replace it according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. The fan should also be cleaned once a year especially when preparing your heat pump for winter. And lastly you should inspect the pipes and make sure that any dust does not obstruct the airflow. Heat pumps are very easy to prepare for the winter if you keep up with the maintenance year around.
You should make sure that your thermostat is up to date before winter begins. A lot of the older thermostats use mercury and that can be very inaccurate. If your thermostat uses batteries you should make sure that either the old ones in it are still good or that you just go ahead and put a new set in to ensure that your thermostat will work all winter. If you have a digital thermostat in your home they can be programmed. You will be able to set your heat to cut on or cut off whenever you would like. This can help cut electricity costs quite a bit.
You should clean your heating duct periodically to provide efficient heating and allow fresh clean air to flow through your home. The heating ducts should be routinely inspected to make sure that there are no punctures, dents, or disconnected parts. If your ducts are damaged it can cause your electricity bill to go up because warm air is being blown out and wasted. If you don’t feel comfortable checking your heating ducts alone don’t worry because you can always call your nearest HVAC contractor.
There are many HVAC contractors so the one you choose is completely up to you. Aside from just checking the heating duct, the HVAC contractor can also inspect the heating systems belts, motors, electrical switches, thermostats, and gas pressure to ensure that your HVAC system is well prepared for the cold winter months. Work with a reputable dealer to ensure that you have an experienced technician providing you the much-needed service for your home heating systems.
You should always keep a check on your air filter as well. It is very important that you check your air filter regularly because if it were to become clogged it would interfere with the air flowing through it. It is recommended that you should replace your air filter every month to ensure the best efficiency. There are even filters that you can purchase that are reusable. They can just be rinsed off and reused like new. If you plan to change your filter monthly then a reusable filter might come in handy and save you a lot of money as well.
Tess Young is an HVAC technician who lives in Lewisburg PA. She loves writing blogs on Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning topics. She started blogging as a way to share her innovative ideas with people or companies involved in the HVAC industry.