During the cold Kentucky winters, it is pivotal that your HVAC unit is working properly to keep you and your family warm. These units require upkeep in order to keep them running effectively and efficiently. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that your HVAC unit is prepared for freezing temperatures and winter storms.
- Clear Air Vents: When air vents in your home become blocked it is more difficult to get heat evenly distributed throughout your home. Go around your home and check to see that all of your air vents are open and free from blockage of any kind, including furniture, etc.
- Replace Air Filters: Most air filters need to be replaced every 3-4 months. When your air filter becomes dirty, it has to work harder to pump the heat throughout your home, causing the cost of your utility bills to rise. Keeping your air filters clean will lower your energy costs and help your air filter work more efficiently. Additionally, if you have pets, you may want to replace your air filter more often than the normal recommended amount.
- Properly Insulate Your Home: If you are able to, check the insulation in your home to make sure it is insulated properly. Attics, especially, should be insulated properly, as heat often leaves your home through the roof. In addition, check windows and doors to make sure that they have been properly insulated and are not letting any outdoor air inside.
- Inspect Your Heat Pump: A heat pump is designed to prevent snow from accumulating on your outdoor unit. To prepare for a winter storm, go outside and ensure that the top of your unit is clear of debris. This will help your heat pump work most efficiently.
- Keep Up With Regular Maintenance: If you know that your furnace has not been inspected in a while, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a professional to make sure that everything is working properly. This will help keep your unit running as efficiently as possible, which will lower your utility costs.
Maintaining proper maintenance and preparing the inside of your home will help your HVAC unit do its job this winter and keep you warm. If you think your unit is in need of a professional inspection, call Airtech today to schedule an appointment.