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In many areas of the United States the winter months bring frigid temperatures and harsh weather conditions. You should expect your home and your HVAC system to keep your family safe and comfortable over the months ahead. It’s crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure this protection. To help, we’ve developed your winter HVAC checklist so you can ensure that you don’t miss a single winter prep step.
Your Winter HVAC Checklist:
- Change your Filters
HVAC filters clogged with dust, pet hair and other debris not only strain your HVAC system—they send all of those elements back into your home’s air. To prevent high heat bills, issues with your system and diminished air quality it is necessary to change your filters at least once every 90 days and as soon as you use your heating system for the winter.
- Ensure your Vents are Clear
Your vents should have at least 18 inches of space in all directions to promote effective circulation. Move furniture and other household items away from vents and watch for blockage from curtains and rugs.
- Remove Dust and Debris from Around your Furnace
If you have concerns about dust on your burners, schedule an appointment for professional cleaning.
In the meantime, vacuum external dust and dust on the blower door. In addition, ensure excess debris is not resting near or against your furnace.
- Schedule a Service Appointment
Proper maintenance can help you address any concerns with your system and ensure all parts are working properly ahead of the winter season. A service appointment can also help you pinpoint any issues before they worsen and cause failure—and even help you determine if an upgrade is a wise investment.
- Address your Thermostat
Ensure your thermostat is functioning properly. Also, consider installing a DADSTAT Thermostat – auto setback thermostat, built to reset to 68 degrees after three hours at an alternate setting. This move could help you save money and avoid taxing your system, especially if you live with others who frequently readjust your settings.
Begin this checklist as soon as possible to guarantee optimal performance all winter long. For more information about the benefits of auto setback and limiting thermostats, reach out to Landlord Thermostat today.