Winter is at our doorstep, and with it will come plenty of harsh weather. Keep your home’s indoor environment toasty when the snow starts to fall by preparing your HVAC system with these simple steps.
- In anticipation of winter, schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your furnace is functioning properly. Many HVAC companies and even some utility companies will offer regular maintenance for a reduced cost as a part of an HVAC product or service contract. Take advantage of this before snow storms begin because HVAC repairs will be in full swing at that time, making it much more difficult to schedule a repair appointment.
- Swap out air filters to ensure that your energy costs stay low and that your system is not working overtime to heat your home. While air filters should typically be replaced seasonally, if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or smoke, you may need to replace them more often. While the cost of new air filters is not always cheap, it is still much less costly than most repairs to your HVAC system would be, so invest in this preventative maintenance to keep your system running smoothly under extreme winter conditions.
- Give your HVAC system a hand by properly insulating your home. Many approaches to insulation are extremely cost-effective, and taking advantage of them to keep out the cold air will lessen the heating burden on your HVAC system. Consider installing window films, weatherstripping, or foam insulation, and invest in draft guards to ward off the cool air that blows in at entry doors.
- Utilize ceiling fans to help hold heat in the common areas of your home. This may sound counterintuitive, but it is a very effective approach to staying warm when snowstorms and other vexing winter weather comes our way. The folks over at the SF Gate Home Guide explain how this works: “Because hot air rises, a lot of the energy your central heating uses warms the top of the room, near the ceiling. A ceiling fan running in reverse gently bounces the hot air off the ceiling and pushes it down along the walls, back into the part of the room you’re actually inhabiting.” They go on to explain that all you’ll need to do to take advantage of this winter warming hack is to switch your ceiling fan’s motor switch from down to up! Then, run your fans at their lowest setting, which will be sufficient for getting warm air to stay put.