One of the cons of living in a country with four seasons is the fact that the weather constantly changes year-round. This means that you, along with every other homeowner, are going to have to be modifying your home’s AC/heating unit throughout the year to make sure that your home is comfortable enough to live in year-round. Unfortunately, simply switching your HVAC unit between AC and heating isn’t going to be enough. Due to the changes in temperature that occur when the winter comes, your HVAC unit will have to work hard in order to keep your home warm and it will be exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Luckily for you, the experts at D&T Air Conditioning and Heating have put together a simple yet crucial to-do list that, if followed, will help you get your AC/heating system ready for the upcoming winter and will ensure that you live comfortably without any issues.
Schedule Maintenance Before Winter
When it comes to scheduling maintenance for your AC/heating unit, there is no better time to do it than right before the winter hits. The reason for this is simple: you need your HVAC unit the least during the fall and your HVAC unit is about to go into a season during which it will be working essentially nonstop to keep your home warm. Because of this, it is crucial that you schedule maintenance in order to make sure that your heating unit is working perfectly fine before you rely on it heavily for the upcoming winter.
Before your scheduled maintenance, you are going to want to do a bit of an evaluation of your HVAC unit yourself. Check for leaks, abnormal noises, odours, and any other obvious signs of physical issues that should be addressed with your technician before scheduled maintenance.
Change Your Air Filter And Clean Air Vents
Believe it or not, one predominant reason for HVAC units breaking down is due to a filter that is jammed with dirt and dust. Although your HVAC unit’s filter shouldn’t only be checked when the winter is coming up, it’s crucial that you do so during this time because you will be relying on your heater heavily during the cold winter months. As a common practice, you should be checking your HVAC unit’s filter once a month and you should replace your filter if you ever notice any problems with it. On top of this, you’ll want to check your home’s air vents for any buildups as well. Buildups of any kind can obstruct the flow of air and prevent your home from adequately warming up.
Install Climate Zones
As you may or may not know, hot air will always sit on top of cold air. What this means for your home, then, is that the lower levels will be colder than the upper levels (if you live in a home with more than one floor). Because this can be annoying, you may want to have a climate zone system installed by professionals. A climate zone system will direct airflow to where it is needed most, meaning that the lower floors of your home will be getting most of the warm air during the winter so that your entire home feels equally as warm.
Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit
When the winter comes and the outdoor conditions begin to get harsh, it’s important to cover up your outdoor AC unit in order to protect it from any potential damages. A protective top can protect your AC unit from any debris and deterioration due to harsh external conditions. With that said, it’s always a good idea to protect your external AC unit to ensure that your entire HVAC system is in the best condition possible.
Because the winter typically introduces harsh outdoor conditions and cold temperatures, it’s crucial that you make sure your HVAC unit is in good condition, properly maintained, and well-protected. It is highly recommended that you not only care for your HVAC unit yourself, but that you also reach out to professional technicians to make sure that your heating is ready for the upcoming winter. For professional HVAC services performed by highly experienced technicians, contact D&T Air Conditioning and Heating today and we will be happy to help.