Once you’ve already inspected your HVAC unit and related devices throughout your home, it’s time to do proper due diligence on the home itself. The symptoms of a malfunctioning HVAC system won’t always appear on the unit itself.
Here’s our guide to assessing the heating of your home and protect it from the coming seasons.
Inspect Your Home
After inspecting devices, you should check the home itself. First, go through all of your exposed ducts and look for leaks. You can do this quickly by holding a piece of paper or tissue to the surface; any movement could indicate that there’s a crack in your insulation. You should do the same for your furnace; this one is important. If there are any cracks, you’re at a high risk for a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
Next, run the system and look for unusual sounds like rattling, banging, or rumbling. If there are any inconsistent noises, it means that there could be some debris or buildup blocking your system. Look for moisture buildups, particularly on windows. You should also check for rust or dirt building up on pipes.
As the temperature drops, keep an eye on any visible piping for frost buildup. You should also keep an eye on the temperature of your water. Any of these could indicate inadequate distribution of heat throughout your home and would mean that you are at a high risk for a broken pipe.
Finally, run your HVAC system and move through every area of your home. Look for cold spots and temperature dips. If you find any, inspect any nearby windows or doors. You can do this by holding a flame up to them and looking for it to be sucked towards them. If neither of these are the culprit, it means that there are either blockages or a malfunctioning belt within your HVAC unit.
Clean the Air Vents
Next, inspect all the vents throughout your home and give them a thorough vacuuming. Look for any vents with an exceptional buildup of dirt or grime; this could mean it’s time to schedule a full cleaning of your ducts. You should also look at a full cleaning if it’s been over three years since your last one. A buildup of grit in your ducts can rapidly escalate your energy costs.
Check Your Insulation
Even the most well-maintained HVAC system will be undermined by insufficient Insulation in your attic. This is where most of your heat escapes, and your insulation is slowly wearing down every year. You should conduct a thorough inspection; make sure that your insulation is 10 to 16 inches deep and look for discoloration or holes.
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