School is back in session; the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkins are popping up in festive displays all over the place. It won’t be long until you switch your HVAC system over from cooling to heating, if you haven’t already. Essentially, winter is coming, and you need to ensure your HVAC system is ready. Here are some things that you need to ensure are working properly, configured properly and ready to keep your family warm.
Checking Your HVAC System
1. Turn On the Thermostat: The first thing most people do is to switch the thermostat over to heating. Setting the temperature, a couple of degrees warmer this time of year doesn’t mean that your system will turn on all the time, but it’ll keep your home warm if the temperature dips slightly. If you don’t hear the furnace kick in, take the cover off your thermostat, and ensure that all the wiring is properly attached and snug. Additionally, make sure that there is power to your thermostat as well as your furnace. If it’s still not working, you could check the furnace fan, blower or heat pump, but at this point it’s probably best to call a professional HVAC system technician.
2. Change The Air Filters: You may or may not already know this, but your furnace has air filters that clean the air that’s being blown around your house. Most of the time there’s only 1 filter that resides in your furnace, but some HVAC systems have filters in each of the vents throughout your home. Whether you have a single filter in your HVAC system or not they should all be changed every few months. You may not think your home is dusty until you take a look at these filters. We promise once you change them, you’ll never forget to do it again…yuck! Changing these filters means you’ll not only have cleaner air, but also, it’ll help prolong the life of your furnace.
3. Cover The AC Condenser: Unless your HVAC system has a heat pump (in which case, don’t cover it at all because it runs all year), cover the condenser to protect it from falling icicles. You don’t have to completely wrap up your air conditioning systems’ condenser but protecting the top of it from anything large falling on it can save you on repair costs when spring time comes. Don’t wrap it in a moisture-trapping plastic tarp.
4. Clean The Heat Exchanger: The heat exchanger in your HVAC system should be cleaned out properly at least once a year by a professional, like an HVAC technician from Novel Care. This needs to be done while the unit is disabled to avoid injury. Our technicians will look for cracks that can lead to dangerous CO (carbon monoxide) leaks.