Winter can be a taxing time on your home in Peoria. Whether you’re dealing with freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, or blustery winds, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is up for the challenge of keeping your family warm throughout the coldest months of the year. By taking steps now to prepare your system for winter, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your home is taken care of.
1. Replace the Filter
Your HVAC system’s air filter is a crucial element in keeping your home comfortable. It traps dust, dirt, pet dander, and other pollutants that may be circulating through the air. A dirty filter will not only decrease the efficiency of your system but also reduce the quality of air in your home. Be sure to replace your filter before winter weather hits and change it regularly throughout the season.
2. Clean and Maintain Outdoor Units
The outdoor part of your HVAC system is just as important as what’s inside, so be sure to check on it before the harsh winter weather hits. Remove leaves and other debris from your unit, and take a few moments to clear away any dirt or dust buildup. This will help your system run more efficiently and reduce the risk of breakdowns during the cold winter months.
3. Check Insulation
Proper insulation prevents your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to. Check all of the windows and doors to make sure they’re sealed properly, and replace any weatherstripping that has worn away or is ineffective. Make sure you have adequate insulation in your attic space since this will help keep warm air inside your home while also preventing cold air infiltration.
4. Get a Duct Cleaning
If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, now is the time to do so. The ducts are responsible for carrying warm air throughout your home, and they can become clogged or blocked over time, leading to reduced efficiency and air quality. A professional cleaning can remove dust, dirt, and other debris that has built up inside them and help keep your system running at its best.
5. Consider Installing a Humidifier
Winter air can be extremely dry, and this can make your home feel colder than it actually is. Installing a whole-house humidifier will help add moisture to the air, making it more comfortable while also helping to reduce static electricity. This will help your family breathe easier and keep your skin from drying out during the winter months. If you already have a humidifier in your home, make sure it’s in good working order before the winter season begins.
6. Calibrate Your Thermostat
The thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and if it isn’t calibrated properly, you might not be getting the warmth you need. Check to make sure that your thermostat is correctly set for winter and that it accurately reflects the actual temperature inside your home. A professional technician can help you calibrate your thermostat to ensure maximum efficiency.
7. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be dangerous if it accumulates in your home. During the winter months, carbon monoxide risks increase as furnaces, gas stoves and fireplaces can be potential sources of the gas. Before you turn on your furnace this winter, ensure that all of your carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, and replace the batteries if needed.
8. Schedule a Professional Tune-up
An annual checkup from a professional HVAC technician can give you peace of mind that your system is in top condition for winter. A technician can inspect all parts of your system and ensure everything works as it should, from the filters to the compressor. They can also detect any potential problems and make repairs before a breakdown occurs.
Nothing beats the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home is ready for winter. By following these steps to prepare your HVAC system, you’ll be able to rest easy and enjoy the coziness of your home during the chilly months ahead. We’ve been providing quality heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services to homeowners in Central Illinois for over 40 years, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. To find out more about how you can prepare your HVAC system for winter, contact Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!