When should I think about winterizing your HVAC?
Winter in the Ottawa area will soon be here and the last thing you want to find out is that your HVAC system isn’t working properly. Keeping up-to-date with proper maintenance is key to extending the life of your HVAC equipment in your home. Always ensure you are working with a licensed and insured HVAC Professional like AirOne! Here are some tips you can use to do just that!
Top tips on winterizing your HVAC
- Schedule a maintenance appointment every Fall & Spring when your AC and Furnace are used the least
- Test your furnace before it starts to get cold. Set your thermostat to your desired winter temperature and turn it off once that temperature is reached. Testing your furnace early will allow you to get whatever service is needed if it’s not at peak performance
- Turn down the heat when you don’t really need it. Using a programmable thermostat can help cut down on energy costs, as well as lowering the temperature at night while sleeping or during the day when you’re not at home.
- Change your air filter and clear your air vents. Accumulated dirt and dust in the filtering system is one of the main causes of HVAC equipment breaking down. We recommend you change your filters every 30 days, 90 days maximum. Keeping extra filters on-hand is a good idea. The cleaner the filter, the better the efficiency
- Winterize and cover (with a waterproof cover to avoid moisture build-up) your outdoor AC unit to protect it from the Winter weather. Remove all debris, leaves, and dirt from your unit and rinse with a hose. When your unit is dry, cut the power supply by locating the electrical circuit and flipping the switch. This will prevent your AC from coming on during warm Winter days
- Create climate zones to prevent fluctuating temperatures on each floor of your home. Installing a climate zone system will direct heated or cooled air where you need it most