Prepare Your Heating System for Winter
To ensure that your home is ready for the fall and winter, the time to begin preparation is now. Here are some tips on preparing your heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the cold months ahead.
Optimizing Your System for Temperature Fluctuations
Savannah weather conditions can change from one day to the next. Running the heat one day can turn into running the air conditioner the next. Your system needs to be in peak condition to be able to handle harsh temperature extremes, which can affect the longevity of your system.
Easy Maintenance You Can Do
Mark your calendar to change your air filters once per month. This simple maintenance can keep your air handling system from getting clogged up. It’s very critical to do this filter rotation.
If you have a furnace and want to reduce your energy bills during the cold season, it’s wise to have a furnace inspection done, to prevent excess energy consumption. This can quickly pay off in your utility bill.
Reduce Your Energy Bills
One way to keep your energy costs down in winter is to acquire a programmable thermostat that allows you to switch your heating on and off in accordance with your lifestyle. For example, if you’re an early riser working nine to five, there’s no need to have the heat on at two in the afternoon. It’s also good to program your thermostat to turn on one hour before you get out of bed.
Why Get Lost in the Instructions!
If you don’t have the patience to install a thermostat by reading pages and pages of instructions, let Air Services take that off your hands. We will be glad to set up a programmable system for you.
More DIY Maintenance
If you have a dual system, the system’s cooling functionality can experience a great deal of stress during the summer, so once the temperatures begin to drop it’s advisable to conduct a maintenance check. Getting your air conditioning ready for the winter is one thing, but you also need to make sure it is free of dust and debris for the next year. Winter is actually a good time to evaluate repair for your air conditioning system if you have a separate heating system, because you won’t be requiring cold air during any potential down time.
If your system does not seem to be running at full capacity, despite your regular maintenance efforts, you may have to choose between getting your HVAC system repaired or replaced.
There are a few signs you can look out for to help guide your HVAC repair vs. replacement decision. Consider how long you’ve been living in the house so that you can estimate the age of the system. If it’s ten years or older and consistently doesn’t respond well to small repairs or maintenance, replacement may be the best option. Additionally, if you notice huge energy bills no matter what you do or how economical you are with your system, this is a tell-tale sign that it has seen its best days and needs replaced.
Many homeowners think that having the repairman out to their home regularly instead of having the system replaced with a new, modern model is a smart way to save money. Unfortunately, homeowners typically end up spending a lot more in the long run when putting off needed installation of a new HVAC system.