The busy holiday season is finally behind us, and we can all take a break. Or can we? While it's good to take a few much needed days off, a homeowner's work is never done. While the weather is mild, now is a great time to give your HVAC system a post-holiday HVAC maintenance check so that you can survive the remainder of winter without missing a beat. Check out a few of our favorite tips for January HVAC maintenance.
1. Re-evaluate Your Thermostat Settings
Pay attention to your winter energy bills. If they're a little higher than you'd prefer, now is a great time to re-evaluate your thermostat's settings and make adjustments. Of course, with our temperatures all over the place, you may not even need the heat, but we suggest dialing back your thermostat a few degrees regardless (especially if you're not home during the day). If you're not sure how to slowly ease back to a lower temperature, take a look at this post.
2. Change Thermostat Batteries
While you're already thinking about your thermostat, now is also a great time to give your thermostat new batteries. Yes - your thermostat is hard-wired and relies on electricity to operate. However, batteries keep the unit running even if there is a power outage. We haven't had any weather-related outages yet this season, but that doesn't mean that it's not coming and you want to be prepared. So, change out your batteries now.
3. Replace Your Air Filters
Now is also a great time to replace your air filters. Typically, we forget about our air filters during the holidays, but with Christmas behind us (and your decorations back in the attic), you can give your air filters a little bit of love. Also, be sure to check the status of your furnace’s filter. Air filters should be checked and/or replaced every one to three months, or more often if you live in a new housing development.
4. Inspect and Clean Your HVAC Registers
In addition to the above, also check out your HVAC registers, as they probably got a lot of use over the holiday season as well. Having open, unobstructed supply and return registers are essential for proper airflow and even, consistent heating throughout your home.
Checking your registers in January isn’t difficult. Just visit each room in your home with your vacuum in hand. Make sure that each vent grill is fully open, and not blocked by furniture, toys, long drapes, etc. If it's dusty, give it a clean with your vacuum. If anything looks off, be sure to consult a professional.
5. Schedule an Annual HVAC Maintenance Check
January is a great month to call Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a maintenance check. 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. Call and have one of our HVAC experts check out your system. Don't forget to ask about our current offers.