While the winter can be a fun time for all snow lovers, the changing of seasons also represents a new set of challenges for you and your HVAC system.
Remaining proactive in protecting your HVAC system will be important as the months get colder and the weather starts changing. Plan ahead now so your HVAC system doesn’t fall victim to snow, ice, hail, and more.
Get Prepared in the Fall
Ahead of the winter, you’ll want to start making moves to prep your HVAC system the season prior. As the fall isn’t too hot or too cold, you can use this as an opportunity to slowly winterize your system. One way to do this is by cranking up your furnace ahead of time.
Cranking your furnace up at least three times before the winter starts will give your HVAC system ample time to get reacclimated to the rigors of the upcoming season — rather than waiting until the last minute and having to boot your system up from scratch.
Change Your Air Filter Ahead of Winter
It goes without saying, but changing your air filter ahead of winter is an absolute must. Ideally, your air filter should be clog-free from any airborne contaminants like dust, dirt, bacteria, and other extraneous materials. A poor-quality or old filter can lead to internal problems for your HVAC system, and it can also lead to poor indoor air quality for your building’s inhabitants.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is changing your air filter out every three months. This is especially important during the winter, because it helps keep your heating and cooling systems running more smoothly. A dirty air filter can reduce the amount of energy that your HVAC system uses, which will save you money on your utility bills.
Clean Your Ductwork
Inspecting your ductwork before the winter is one step that may sometimes be overlooked. Since HVAC systems are made up of many different parts, it’s important to make sure that the ducts are clean and parts are in full working order. For example, the drain pan is where excess condensation from the heat transfer process is deposited. If unkempt, the drain pan can be a primary source for microbiological growth.
Consider legionella, one of the most common bacteria to grow in HVAC systems. The growth of legionella can ultimately lead to Legionnaires’ disease in building occupants through inhalation of the bacteria, The CDC notes that 1 in 10 people diagnosed will die each year from the disease, so be sure to clean your air ducts and remove any excess water that may be harmful or injurious to your building occupants’ health.
Get Inspected by a Professional
Overall, one of the most important things you can do for your HVAC system ahead of the winter is to have inspection done by licensed professionals — like the team here at Air Ideal.
A licensed technician will make sure that everything is working properly and will probably recommend some upgrades if they feel they’re necessary. They can also visibility diagnose any issues that may plague your HVAC system internally and/or externally. With the winter comes ice, sleet, hail, rain, and the biggest offender — snow. Use your time with the professional to winterize your system — that way, you can stay ahead of the curve once the wintry weather conditions really start to kick in.
Preparing Your HVAC System for the Winter with Air Ideal
With winter looming, it won’t be long before your HVAC system gets blasted by the snow, sleet, rain, and more. Get prepared for the upcoming season with the professionals at Air Ideal.
Serving NYC and Long Island, Air Ideal is committed to providing your space with the care and attention it deserves. To learn more about how Air Ideal can help, please visit our website and contact us today!