Winter Is Coming

Winter is quickly approaching and that only means one-thing, extremely cold temperatures. In order to ensure that you and your family are ready for the cold winter months, it is important to make sure your HVAC system is geared up and ready to go. HVAC equipment is one thing that is commonly overlooked by homeowners when they are trying to prepare their home for the cold winter months. The two most common heating devices used by most people today is the furnace and heat pump, so below you will find ways to prepare both for the winter months ahead.

Winter House

Preparing Your Furnace For The Winter

We can probably all agree that without heat during the winter we would be extremely miserable and could possibly freeze to death so it is important to make sure your furnace is geared up to last you the entire winter. Preparing your furnace only takes a few short hours so don’t wait until the very last minute. You should start preparing your furnace by replacing the air filter. The air filter should be replaced each month, however a lot of people don’t agree with that so they rarely ever change the filter out.

Regardless what you believe it is important that you start the winter out with a new clean filter. The next thing you should do is clean out the air vents and ducts. In order to do this you should remove the vent covers in your home with a screwdriver and then use the extension hose of your vacuum cleaner to remove all of the dust that has accumulated in the ducts. This is very important to do so that you can make sure no dust is blocking the heat from reaching your home.

Cold hanging roof

Next inspect the exhaust flue outside your home to ensure that it is free of obstructions such as branches or animal nests. This may seem silly but you don’t want any small thing causing your furnace to break down when you need it the most. Always keep the area around your furnace free of debris and clutter just to be sure that nothing can get trapped in it and interfere with the heating process. Lastly when preparing your furnace for the winter open all of your air vents and make sure that nothing is blocking the air from flowing through your home.

Preparing Your Heat Pump For The Winter

Preparing your heat pump for the winter months is similar to preparing a furnace. The best way to prepare your heat pump for the winter is to properly maintain it and ensure that there is good air circulation at all times. Since the heat pump operates as a heater and an air conditioner it is important that you maintain it year round so that it doesn’t have a sudden break down. There are several steps to take to prepare you heat pump for winter and they will be mentioned in this article.

Heat Pump

The first step is to clean the outside coil of your heat pump with a garden hose however you need to be sure and do this after you have shut the device off and disconnected it from an electricity source. The second step is to check your filters every month. Just as a furnace be sure that you start your heat pump off each winter with a new clean filter. Next clean all of the coils with a vacuum cleaner or brush, this will allow your furnace to function properly without having to worry about debris becoming built up on the coils.

Lastly have regular heat pump checks by a professional especially before the start of winter. Unlike furnaces a professional will have to perform most of the maintenance on a heat pump, so always be sure to call your local heating and cooling company must do most of the work done on a heat pump.

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