Are you aware that half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February? While this sounds alarming, the good thing is most heating related fires can be prevented. Having a professional HVAC contractor install heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions is a great first step. Preparing your HVAC system for winter can help prevent fire hazards, prolong the life of your heating and air conditioning equipment and keep you warm all winter long.
Here are a few tips to make sure your HVAC system can keep up with the cold:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the furnace.
- Change your air filter.
- Test your thermostat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. You can do this by turning the heat on and setting the temperature to your preferred winter temperature. If the HVAC system doesn’t reach the set temperature or takes an unusually long amount of time to do so, then you know you may have a problem.
- Vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment.
- Make sure nothing is blocking your air supply and return air vents. Look for furniture, toys and the like that may be obstructing the air intake, making your HVAC system work harder than it needs to.
- Make sure your air vents are open. During the winter, closing heating vents in the unused rooms of a home is a common practice. Many homeowners seem to believe that doing so will save them money. Although, this was a common practice used in the past, today it’s a different story. In the past, the practice was used in homes because they were heated from a central location, such as a fireplace. Central heating and air conditioning is now the standard used in today’s homes. In the case of a central heating and air conditioning system, closing off vents has the same effect as a dirty air filter. It simply restricts airflow. Today, heating systems are designed to heat the whole home and are sized accordingly.
- Listen for unusual noises or excess heat or water coming from your HVAC system, this could indicate something is wrong. Call an experienced HVAC technician to diagnose the problem.
- Have a professional HVAC technician inspect your ductwork to see if it is properly sealed. Duct leaks could be raising your energy bill.
- Have your furnace inspected annually.
- Consider replacing your furnace with a more energy efficient model. We can help you decide what is best for your home.
Stay safe and warm with Best Heating and Cooling this winter. If you need us, call us or schedule your next appointment online.