The holidays are here, but what does that mean in terms of maintaining your HVAC during these winter months?
We suggest taking care of a few things now so you can avoid any unexpected costs that might deplete your holiday budget. If you completely neglect your HVAC system these next few weeks, not only are you leaving your home uncomfortable for your guests but you also increase the risk of a fire or other health hazards. Worse, you could potentially expose your home to bursting pipes or other problems while you’re out of town enjoying the holidays.
With that in mind, today we'll discuss five ways to prepare your HVAC for the winter holidays.
1. Change Your Filters
Replace the air filters in your home every 30 days so you don’t have any indoor air quality or system breakdown worries. If you can't remember the last time you changed your air filters, now is probably a good time to change them.
2. Adjust the Thermostat Setting
If you're planning to host any holiday gatherings, a little cooking and a few extra warm bodies will quickly warm up your home without the need to turn up the heat. So, go ahead and turn the heat down a little bit. If you're going out of town, you'll want to keep your heat on to prevent your pipes from bursting but you can certainly lower the temperature a bit to help keep your heating bill down.
3. Use Alternative Heat Sources
We recently discussed the ideal temperature for your thermostat. In that article, we suggest that you gradually turn your heat down to reduce your heating bill. However, we recognize that saving money doesn't always equal a warmer body. As such, you can make a few subtle changes to your home to warm up your home.
For example, did you know that you can use your ceiling fan to help circulate warm air trapped near the ceiling downwards into the rest of the room? On your fan, find the switch located at the base and turn it so that the blades rotate the opposite way. When it warms up again, be sure to switch the blades back.
Another thing you can do is to keep your blinds open to let in more natural light. If it's also sunny, you'll also naturally warm your house and take the pressure off your HVAC system so it doesn't have to work so hard.
4. Keep Flammables Safe
If you choose to use your fireplace or space heaters during the holidays, make sure to keep things like blankets, toys or wrapping paper away from them to avoid fire hazards. Also, be sure to double-check that these types of items are turned off (including the slow cooker) before leaving for a holiday party or to visit your relatives.
5. Schedule an HVAC Inspection
If you haven't done so already, call Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to check that your furnace, heat pump or boiler are all working effectively. HVAC systems that are regularly maintained will last longer. Why? Tune-ups are designed to ensure optimum performance and to spot potential failures. When a part fails, the system is under undue strain. The strain causes other parts to work harder and, in turn, damages them as well. Don't wait for the system to fail.
If you do need to replace your furnace, we can also help with that. Systems typically last between 10 and 15 years. Either way, be sure to call and have one of our HVAC experts check out your system. Don't forget to ask about our current offers.