Is Your HVAC System Winter Ready?

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Before the winter weather arrives, you need to prepare your HVAC system to handle the increased demand on it. Unfortunately, some homeowners fails to take the proper steps and they end up paying more in energy costs and repairs. To help ensure your system is ready to take on the cold weather, here are some preparation tips to use.  

Get a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit conducted by your HVAC technician can help you pinpoint ways that your system is potentially wasting energy. Wasted energy can mean higher utility bills. During the audit, the technician will look for issues, such as leaks around the doors and windows, leaky ductwork, and poorly insulated areas. 

In addition to assessing those areas, the technician can help determine if it is time for a new HVAC system. If you have an older model system or one that frequently breaks down, replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient model could help save money. 

Once you have the results of the audit, you can incorporate the recommendations of your technician into your winter preparations. 

Install a Programmable Thermostat

One of the biggest challenges your HVAC system can face throughout the winter is warming your entire home. Once your system reaches the desired temperature, it will cycle off, but could cycle back on within a short period because the temperature dropped too much. The cycling on and off frequently can put a strain on your HVAC system.  

To avoid this, you can install a programmable thermostat. The desired temperature can be programmed to be at certain levels throughout the day to help you save money on energy costs and to avoid wear and tear on the HVAC For instance, you can schedule the desired temperature to be lower when no one is home, but program it to increase in the short period before your family returns for the day. 

Listen to Your System

Your heating system has been dormant for months. When it first starts, there are several noises that can emit from it. However, those noises usually stop within minutes of its first use. If the noises continue, it could be an indication that there is a problem. 

For instance, a clacking noise could be a sign that the fan or its belt is bent or broken. If the noise continues to sound, turn it off and have it inspected by a HVAC technician. He or she can determine the source of the noise and make repairs, if necessary.

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