Here’s How to Prepare Your HVAC System

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Winter might seem far, but that shouldn’t prevent you from getting your HVAC system serviced early on. A quick tune-up will not just help ensure that your HVAC unit is ready to handle this year’s chill, but it will also help extend the life of your HVAC unit. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, there are various other benefits of preventive maintenance too, and we will discuss that in a different post. For now, let us look at some of the critical to-dos to follow when preparing your HVAC system for the upcoming winter.

Replace the Air Filter

To prepare your HVAC system for winter, the first and foremost thing you need to do is change the air filter. Air filters need to be replaced periodically (that may vary anywhere between 3 to 12 months). The period usually depends on the usage of the HVAC unit. The air filters safeguard HVAC systems from dust, debris, and other discarded particles/matter that could otherwise deteriorate the delicate internal components and lead to feeble performance. So, before winter dawns, change your air filter to ensure optimal performance of your heating and cooling in Hamilton.

A quick tip: You can also get a reusable air filter that can be rinsed and reused.

Clean the Outdoor Unit 

Stack the cards in your favor! Cleaning your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is as important as cleaning the interior unit. They require equal attention, if not more, as they lay bare to outdoorsy conditions. So, make sure you clean the exterior components (such as coils, motors, fan blades, and condensers) as well. Get rid of the twigs, leaves, animal droppings, and other foreign particles that can clog the external unit and cause damage to it.

Note: Your HVAC unit’s maintenance plan should constitute cleaning the exterior unit a good 3-4 times every year.

Examine the Ducts

Your HVAC system’s duct could be a potential breeding ground for germs, mold, and other bacterial microorganisms. It can contaminate the air of your home, thereby deteriorating your home’s air quality. Poor air quality is one of the many reasons people develop breathing issues and other allergy symptoms. Many also report fewer allergy symptoms. Also, inspect the duct for any disconnections, gaps, or damages that can negatively impact your HVAC unit’s heating efficiency.

Clean the Air Vents 

For the heat pump or furnace’s productive working, the air vents need to be clean and unobstructed. If the vent cover has louvers, ensure they are opened (entirely). If they are damaged, replace them at your earliest convenience. Tidy up the vent and register covers, too. This way, you can stave off any odds of clogging or restricted airflow.

Remember, keeping the vents closed to conserve energy is just another myth; it can cause damage to the HVAC system. That’s because when the vent is shut, warm air gets trapped inside, which in turn damages the ducts.

Fire the Furnace 

You don’t want to land in a position where your HVAC system is not working, especially at the beginning of the winter season, when all HVAC technicians are busy attending to other clients. To avoid a scenario like this, you must take your furnace for a test drive long before you need it. This will help you ensure that your system is working correctly.

Note – You need to fire the furnace at least 3-4 times ahead of the season to ensure that the furnace works as required.

Looking for an AC Servicing Company in Hamilton?

If you are looking for an AC service in Hamilton, look no further than B & G Heating Air Conditioning & Ventilation. At B & G Heating Air Conditioning & Ventilation, we offer installation and service of air conditioning, ventilation, and furnaces. To schedule an appointment or to get an estimate, call us at 905-574-8747.

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