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5 Tips to Keep Your HVAC Running Smooth This Winter

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Preparing your home for winter includes proper HVAC maintenance also. While others are sealing window and door frame leaks and clearing out the fireplace, be sure to prep your HVAC unit as well. There are a few steps you should take each summer and fall to get your HVAC system ready for winter.


Do you know what steps to take? Knowing how to prepare your HVAC for winter will ensure a warm and stress-free winter in your home. Continue reading below to learn more!


1. Conduct a Preseason Inspection

It's always a good idea to conduct a preseason inspection twice a year. These inspections can detect small imperfections in your HVAC system. It's better to find these defects early on before the season begins to give yourself time to make the repairs before the HVAC unit is needed most. 


For example, preseason inspections should be done twice a year (once in the spring before summer and once in the fall before winter).


2. Replace the Filters

Dirty air filters can place a significant amount of stress on your HVAC system. The filters will fill with lint, dust, dirt, and other debris that can cause your system to work overtime to heat your home correctly. To prevent this from happening, it's best to switch out the filters at least every three months


You may need to switch the filters out even more often if you have pets in the home. If you notice the filter's extremely dirty when you go to change it, then you might want to start changing it more often. 


3. Clear Surrounding Area

An HVAC system works its best when there's no clutter surrounding the unit. This is true for both the inside and outside units. Open your HVAC unit's closet inside your house and remove any clutter such as brooms, vacuums, mops, and other items. 


These items prevent an ideal flow of air to and from the unit. Step outside and clear any debris such as twigs, leaves, and more from around the outside unit as well. 


4. Mind the Thermostat

Because your HVAC will be working harder to keep your home warm during the winter, be sure to mind the thermostat. When you're not going to be in the home, place the temperature a bit lower. This can help give the unit a break while you're away. 


It's also a good idea to perform a thermostat test before the cold winter months come. Switch your thermostat to heat and raise the temperature a few degrees to ensure the heat kicks on and works properly. 


5. Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Scheduling regular tune-ups is a great way to keep your HVAC unit in good condition. Yearly tune-ups will keep the system running smoothly all year round. These regular tune-ups can also prevent major HVAC emergencies down the road. 


Professionals will correct any issues found at the time and get the HVAC in good working order for the winter or summer. 


Is Your HVAC Prepared for the Winter?

Are you not confident your HVAC is prepared for the winter season? If you need help preparing your HVAC unit for the months ahead, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Kingston Home Heating Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment today. We're dedicated to providing you with quality heating and air conditioning services.


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