We are blessed with incredible weather in San Diego, no doubt about it; but make no mistake, our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems work hard, all the year through. That’s why, as the weather cools, it is a great idea to have a look at your home or business heating and cooling systems, to ensure they are working 100% in winter and that they will be ready to spring into action again as the weather warms.
Here are some tips for HVAC maintenance during cold weather.
Has your HVAC system been inspected?
Have a qualified HVAC technician go through all the components of your heating and cooling system. If you have been experiencing issues, or if your unit and mechanics are old and worn, there may be a recommendation to replace it come spring, or if they’re in really bad shape, before the cold sets in. It’s a significant expense, yes – but it’s better to know upfront than to be caught with a broken down and unfixable system, just when you need it most.
Replace your air filters.
They can impede the airflow throughout your home, and make your system work much harder, and therefore less efficient. If your filters are cleanable, clean them thoroughly; if they are disposable, and they’re clogged and dirty, replace them with new ones. It’s also a good idea to have a look at them every month or so throughout the year.
Reprogram your thermostat.
As your system begins the transition from cooling to heating, take the time to re-adjust it for the approaching weather conditions. If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, now is a good time to set it to its optimal levels for the season. This small step can actually save you some money; your system works less hard and consumes less energy. You, in turn, get a more comfortable living or working environment.
Clear out all your return and supply air vents.
Make sure nothing is impeding airflow, including dust, debris, furniture, rugs pushed up against vents, etc. Your HVAC system works best with all vents and registers cleared and clean.
If your HVAC system isn’t working properly, your energy bills are increasing, or you just haven’t had your system looked at in a while, contact CA Quality HVAC for a comprehensive inspection. We’ll review all the components related to the heating and cooling system in your home to help you avoid pricey repairs down the road.