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How to Winterize the HVAC System

Winterizing the HVAC System is a crucial activity to undertake before the cold months. The Reliable Standard Heating and Air Conditioning says for homeowners living in colder climates, this step should never be overlooked so that the HVAC system will continuously run in top shape during the winter.

HVAC Manufacturer Maytag for instance reminds its customers to be mindful of their HVAC use during the winter months to maintain its good condition. In its official website, it advised against firing up the temp when the cold strikes.

“Worried that your gas furnace isn’t going to reach your set temperature fast enough? Resist the temptation to dramatically raise your temperature settings! Raising the temperature your thermostat is set to does not make your home heat any more quickly. All you’re doing is raising your heating bill and damaging your equipment. Do you have a portable space heater for supplemental heating? Make sure you turn off any portable heating equipment when you aren’t in the room. An unmonitored space heater is a major safety hazard.”

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HVAC in the cold months

The website also came up with tips on HVAC preventive maintenance during the winter months. One of the points that they emphasized in their write up is having a professional inspection done to check for possible issues and ensure safety against carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Because HVAC systems are complicated, it’s good to get some help from the pros. A professional service visit from an HVAC technician gives you expert-level inspection from a trained specialist. During these service visits, technicians check the wiring and look for damage and clogs in your unit and ducts. They’ll also seek out holes and fissures that can lead to carbon monoxide leaks, which makes these inspections extra valuable to your family’s health and happiness.”

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Outside Air conditioning

Homeguides SF Gate for its part shared hoe households can maintain their outdoor units during the winter time. According to the write up, rust damage can occur when the outdoor unit has not been fully prepared for the cold months.

“Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze. Wash the air conditioning unit with a hose to remove bird droppings, dead bugs, dirt and dust. Remove leaves, small branches and grass clippings from the unit. Allow the unit to dry completely.”

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Preparing the HVAC system for winter time is essential in ensuring its good condition. The San Diego HVAC Contractors’ Association also says that winterizing the HVAC unit can help in keeping heating bills at bay.

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