As a homeowner or property manager, it’s your responsibility to create a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for everyone living or working with you. The best thing you can do for your family or tenants in the winter is to provide them with dependable heating.
Since HVAC systems are a vital part of your property, having a proper HVAC maintenance plan will not only help you reduce the annual energy consumption but also extend the performance and service of your heating and cooling systems. It’s affordable and recommended to fix problems before they turn into costly emergencies. So, this winter, start with your heating systems and make HVAC maintenance one of your top priorities. Here are some HVAC maintenance tips for winter:
Replace Air Filters
Changing the furnace filter is an easy and quick way to improve the quality of indoor air and the efficiency of your heating systems. Replacing air filters is easier than you might think. The hardest part of this job is to find what filter size you need to purchase. It’s recommended to have a professional heating system expert take care of all the maintenance and repair-related activities. However, you can replace the air filters to make your furnace run smooth and easy.
Here is what you need to do:
- Turn off your furnace
- Locate your home air filters
- Find out the size of your filters
- Remove the existing filters and insert new filters
Clean The Air Vents
The heating vents are the gateway to indoor comfort throughout the winter. However, dust accumulation can obstruct the air vents which leads to poor indoor air quality, increased operating costs, and declining heating performance. Grills that cover heating vents attract and retain dust and other particulates in the air. Constant accumulation of dust obstructs circulation that increases internal air friction inside the duct. If you don’t know how to clean the air vents, call a professional HVAC expert to get the job done.
Check Your Thermostat
Thermostats should have fresh batteries and be able to ensure the comfort you need throughout the winter. To reduce your energy consumption, you can consider setting the thermostat to a cooler temperature during the day when you’re at work than at night. If you don’t have a thermostat, it’s time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature according to your heating needs.
You might think insulation is not a part of your HVAC systems, but it can play an important role in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment in a cost-effective way. If your building doesn’t have enough insulation in the attic, consult your HVAC company for expert advice.
Ideally, you should have a heating inspection done before winter arrives. However, it’s never too late. Let an HVAC technician inspect your heating systems to address potential issues.
About Nor-Can Heating & Air
At Nor-Can Heating & Air, we install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems. As a team of highly reputable HVAC professionals in Edmonton, we strive to add value to your home and office. Contact us for further details!