If you live in Indiana, then you’re no stranger to snow. While the chances are good that you already know how to keep your HVAC system safe and sound throughout the winter, if you’re a new property owner, you may need an overview. Here are some tips for preparing your HVAC for a snowstorm; reach out to our team at Naughton Mechanical LLC if you need HVAC maintenance or repairs–
One of the easiest things that you can do to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape is to replace your air filters on a regular basis–something you should definitely do before a snowstorm if it’s been a while since you last changed them! This is because when temperatures are low, your system will work harder to keep you warm, clogging up the filters. Fortunately, replacing them is a very quick (10 minutes or less) and inexpensive task that can go a long way.
If your home isn’t well insulated, not only are your pipes at risk of freezing, but your system will have to work overtime in order to keep things warm. To make sure your system isn’t working harder than it needs to (and that your energy bills aren’t higher than they need to be), make sure your home is well insulated! Check your doors and windows for any draftiness and leaks and if your pipes aren’t well insulated, be sure to wrap them and leave a faucet dripping so that they don’t freeze!
Another way to prepare for a snowstorm, which can increase your energy demands, is to switch to a programmable thermostat. By using a programmable thermostat, you can keep temperatures in your home more consistent, set times for your home to be kept a little cooler (like while you’re at work or overnight), and cue the thermostat to turn on in the morning.
One of the best things that you can do for your HVAC system to prep it for winter is to have it inspected by a professional before the temperatures drop too low. A technician will check everything, from the belts to the switches and more, to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. This will give you peace of mind and ensure that when the snow does hit, you’re prepared.
To make sure that things are warm and cozy inside this winter, and that your HVAC system is operating as efficiently as possible, follow the tips above and call Naughton Mechanical LLC for an HVAC inspection, maintenance, or repairs. We look forward to working with you!