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How To Prepare Your HVAC System For Winter

December 21, 2023 | Blog

DIY Heater Maintenance Tips

When the leaves change color, and the air turns crisp, it’s a reminder that winter is just around the corner. This season brings more than just the holiday spirit — it also brings the challenge of keeping your New Orleans home warm and comfortable.

Now is the perfect time to ensure your HVAC system is up to the task. At Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we believe in proactive care for your HVAC units. Here are some essential tips to prepare your system for the colder months ahead.

1. Change Your Filters Regularly

One of the simplest yet most effective tips to maintain your heating and cooling system is to change the air filters. The indoor and outdoor temperature difference is significant during the winter, causing your system to work harder.

Dirty or clogged filters add to this strain, potentially leading to overheating. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests changing your filters every one to three months. By keeping up with this upkeep, you can ensure timely replacements, enhancing your system’s efficiency and longevity.

2. Utilize Smart Thermostat Settings

If you’re using a programmable or “smart” thermostat, make the most of its features. Set it to warm your home in cycles — “ON” when occupied and “OFF” when unoccupied. This smart usage can significantly conserve energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy states that turning your thermostat back seven to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. This is especially apparent in milder climates.

3. Optimize Standard Thermostat Settings

For those with standard digital thermostats, energy conservation is still within reach. Use the “AUTO” setting to run your system’s fans only during cycles, preventing overheating and conserving energy.

Additionally, setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re awake and at home is a sweet spot for comfort and energy efficiency. This advice is recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy.

4. Ensure Accurate Thermostat Readings

Accuracy in temperature control is crucial. To verify your thermostat’s accuracy, use a simple method involving tape, a paper towel and a glass tube thermometer.

Tape the thermometer on the wall a few feet away from your thermostat and away from direct sunlight. Place a paper towel between the thermometer and the wall to prevent temperature transfer. Compare the readings after 15 minutes. Discrepancies might indicate a need for thermostat recalibration or replacement.

5. Inspect And Clean Your Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor unit is designed to withstand harsh weather, but a little TLC can go a long way. Clean the area around the unit, removing debris like leaves and twigs. Check and ensure your gutters aren’t leaking nearby. Avoid using covers, as they can trap moisture and damage internal components.

6. Schedule Your Annual Heater Tune-Up

Don’t wait for the first cold snap to test your furnace. Regular tune-ups can catch issues before they become emergencies. Preventative care is especially beneficial during the winter when HVAC services are in high demand.

Our professional heater tune-up includes a comprehensive inspection of your thermostat, vents, and indoor and outdoor units. Our heater maintenance services ensure everything is in top shape for the winter.

Ready For Winter: Ensuring Your HVAC System’s Efficiency

Preparing your HVAC units for winter is not just about immediate comfort. It’s about ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your system. By following these steps, you can enjoy a warm, cozy home all winter long without the worry of unexpected breakdowns or inflated energy bills.

If you need assistance or a professional tune-up, don’t hesitate to contact Surgi’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We’re here to ensure your HVAC system is winter-ready!

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