While most parts of the country are preparing for Spring, Texas can often reach its lowest temperatures in February and March. Be proactive by following the five main tips below to prevent your HVAC from breaking down on your home this season.
Tip 1: Get an HVAC Inspection
As freezing weather persists, it is an important time to get your HVAC unit inspected. Although we may have warmer afternoons, freezing temperatures often show their ugly faces in the mornings at this time. Make sure your home maintains a healthy and comfortable temperature for everyone inside. At this stage, it’s essential to hire an HVAC technician to complete an inspection of your entire system, especially your heating unit.
Tip 2: Change Your Air Filters
Now is the time! The typical rule of thumb is to change your air filters every season or as needed. Following this suggested timeline will prevent you from facing potential problems that could arise in the future when the seasons change. Here are just a few of the issues that you may face if you turn a blind eye to your air filters:
- Freezing up- If your air filter is dirty, it will restrict the cold air flow to your unit. Restricting airflow will eventually make the internal temperature of the unit colder. The coils will freeze over and can cause your unit to shut down.
- Restricted airflow- As said above, a dirty air filter prevents airflow, making your unit run inefficiently, wasting energy, and driving up utility costs.
- Allergen buildup- Dirty filters cause allergens to build up and be released into your air, or worse, potentially create mold. For people with severe allergies or asthma, it could affect their health severely.
Don’t avoid replacing your air filters because of the costs; you are only creating more costs for yourself in the long run.
Tip 3: Invest in Programmable Controls
It’s the 21st century, so take advantage and invest in programmable controls. You and your guests will appreciate this investment. No one has to remember to adjust the thermostat before they leave. Most programmable controls are already pre-programmed, but also allow you to program it to your schedule. These are the four common types of programmable controls:
- 7-day programming- lets you program a different heating schedule every day of the week
- 5-1-1 programming- same heating schedule during the week, but various plans for Saturday and Sunday
- 5-2 programming- same as 5-1-1 programming, but Saturday and Sunday have the same heating schedule
- 1-week programming- same heating schedule for every day of the week
Other types of programmable controls include Smart thermostats which use Wi-Fi, allowing you to adjust your thermostat from an app on a mobile device. These thermostats could save you time and money so get with the “program.”
Tip 4: Clean Around Your HVAC Unit
This simple tip will ensure that your unit will run safely and efficiently. During the fall and winter, leaves can accumulate around your unit and can prevent it from functioning correctly. So be sure there are 2 feet of no debris surrounding your unit.
Tip 5: Inspect Your Ductworks
If you notice that the utility bill is higher in your home, or the temperature inside is never comfortable (no matter how much you adjust the thermostat), this could be a sign of a leak or crack in one or more of your ducts. These issues are why it is essential to have your ductwork inspected. Having your home’s ducts inspected will ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently, and not wasting energy or your money.
Following these tips will ensure that your HVAC unit is providing a safe and healthy living environment. As freezing temperatures approach, now is the time to make sure that your HVAC is in top-notch condition to make it through the cold.
Be proactive and schedule your inspection with us today at True Blue Air Service!