If it’s been months since you’ve glanced at your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, now’s the time to start gearing it up to keep you warm and snug during those chilly nights. But before you fire it up, it’s important to inspect it and have some maintenance performed in order to maximize comfort, efficiency, and of course, your safety. Here are a few ways to begin prepping your HVAC system for winter so you can stay warm and cozy without any problems.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter in your furnace is there to prevent dust, debris, and other particles from entering your heating and cooling system and also your home. It helps improve the indoor air quality while also prolonging the life expectancy of your unit. So changing the filter regularly is an important habit to remember.
Pay Attention and Be Diligent
Your furnace, if operating properly, should appear, sound, smell, and generally seem to be functioning like a well-oiled machine. You shouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but you need to stay diligent in order to catch anything that appears off. Things to look out for include, unusual noises (grinds, pops, bangs), if it is turning off or on more than normal, if you smell anything strange, or if you notice temperature shifts.
It is especially important that you call Distinct Heating and Cooling right away if you notice burning gas smells or foul odours. These should never be ignored.
Inspect the Belt
Please note that we perform belt inspections during our annual maintenance services — we do not recommend opening up your furnace at all unless the breaker and equipment is fully shut off and you have the technical knowledge needed to know what to look for. If you do, then you may opt to inspect the belt for signs of damage, but we recommend having a professional do it regardless.
The belt of your HVAC unit is responsible for moving air through the outdoor compressor. Any tears, cracks, or noticeable damage can hinder the overall efficiency of your unit. If you notice any signs of damage, get it replaced.
Ensure Vents are Clear
During the summertime, it’s easy to shift furniture around during those weekend get-togethers with the family and friends. But before the heat gets switched on, make sure that your vents are clear of any objects so that the airflow is unobstructed. Having any items cover them can cause strain on your HVAC unit, forcing it to work twice as hard.
Get It Maintained
Even with these simple steps that can be done on your own, your HVAC system is still a complex piece of equipment that should have a professional set of eyes inspect it yearly to ensure it is in prime working order with no safety concerns. Before the winter arrives, schedule a maintenance visit by a qualified technician to ensure that it’s operating safely, efficiently, and reliably, and ready to be put to use. This will help to maximize its reliability, efficiency and safety.
At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we provide assistance for all of your HVAC-related needs. If you have any questions regarding your unit or if you’d like to have it serviced, give us a call!