Preparing Your HVAC System For Seasonal Changes
Florida is known for its hot and steamy summers, mild and rainy winters, and an abundance of beautiful beachfront property on which to spend free time. Residents of southern Florida know well the pitfalls of not having an HVAC system that works efficiently to cool homes almost year-round. Still, many of them don’t give much thought to system maintenance until a problem presents itself.
Your HVAC system may be needed for warmer and cooler temperatures as we head into the winter months. As cooler temperatures settle in, we may be tempted to switch off that AC unit for a well-deserved rest, but think again. Keeping your system in good shape will ensure that you remain comfortable regardless of weather conditions. Follow these quick tips to prepare your system for the new season--and all of the weather that comes with it:
Replace that filter
Your HVAC filter traps common contaminants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander before they have a chance to circulate throughout your home. Clogged and dirty filters can cause damage to your HVAC system and your health; they block normal airflow and reduce your system’s overall efficiency.
Check and replace your filters regularly, especially during times of the year when you spend more time indoors. If you have been using standard filters, consider upgrading and replacing them with high-efficiency filters for even better results.
Get a complete system tune-up
Call your HVAC professionals to get an inspection and tune-up performed before colder weather sets in. Your service professional will lubricate any moving parts, inspect air exchangers, tighten loose electrical connections and perform a thorough check of the fan belt system.
Maintenance is essential to ensure the safety of your HVAC system. Cracks or leaks in your system can lead to deadly carbon monoxide leaks in your home; looking for and addressing these issues promptly will ensure that your family remains comfortable and safe through cooler winter months.
Clean ductwork and vents
Over the years, allergens, dust, and mold can build up in your ductwork. This debris can circulate throughout your home as you turn on your system, causing allergies and even illness. Steer clear of any potential allergen issues by cleaning your vents and ductwork. Many HVAC professionals offer discounts on seasonal cleaning services to maintain your system’s effectiveness and keep you healthy and comfortable.
Reprogram the thermostat
Older homes contain standard mercury thermostats, many of which still do an adequate job of maintaining a consistent temperature. If you are able, consider upgrading to a digital thermostat for both convenience and energy savings. New digital technologies allow you to set and forget, with many having apps that you can operate and regulate right from your phone, making easier operation and saving on energy costs.
Add a humidifier
If you end up using your heater on some of those colder winter evenings, it can reduce the humidity levels in your home. Dry air leads to nosebleeds, dry skin, sore throats, static electricity, and a host of other uncomfortable issues. Adding a humidifier can prevent these issues and make your home more comfortable.
Seal up leaks as you head toward cooler weather
The presence of drafts in your home is an indication that there are air leaks somewhere in your system. Seal up doors and windows using appropriate weather stripping and use caulk to repair holes and cracks. Aluminum tape can seal any leaks in ductwork for better HVAC system performance.
Need a seasonal inspection? Contact us today!
Tropic-Air Conditioning professionals are highly trained individuals who care about your comfort. We provide service, repair, and installation of all types of HVAC systems; we will work with you to find the right solutions for any season. Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment of your system; visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.