As we prepare for the approach of winter, now becomes a very crucial time to ensure that your HVAC system is prepared for the cold weather as well. Be proactive by following the five main tips below to prevent your HVAC from breaking down on your home or business this season.

Tip 1: Get an HVAC Inspection


As winter approaches, it is the perfect time to get your HVAC unit inspected. Do not wait until it's 40 degrees out! Make sure your business or home maintains a healthy and comfortable temperature for everyone inside. At this stage, it's essential to hire an HVAC technician to complete an inspection of your entire system, especially your heating unit.

An HVAC technician will make sure that nothing needs to be repaired or replaced before you enter the colder seasons. Not only do HVAC inspections prevent you from having to pay for expensive maintenance costs in the short run, but they also increase your unit’s service life.

 

Tip 2: Change Your Air Filters


Now is the time! The typical rule of thumb is to change your air filters every season or as needed. Following this suggested timeline will prevent you from facing potential problems that could arise in the future when the season change. Here are just a few of the issues that you may face if you turn a blind eye to your air filters:


Freezing up- If your air filter is dirty, it will restrict the cold air flow to your unit. Restricting airflow will eventually make the internal temperature of the unit colder. The coils will freeze over and can cause your unit to shut down.


Restricted airflow- As said above, a dirty air filter prevents airflow, making your unit run inefficiently, wasting energy, and driving up utility costs.


Allergen buildup- Dirty filters cause allergens to build up and be released into your air, or worse, potentially create mold. For people with severe allergies or asthma, it could affect their health severely.


Don’t avoid replacing your air filters because of the costs; you are only creating more costs for yourself in the long run.


Tip 3: Invest in Programmable Controls


It’s the 21st century, so take advantage and invest in programmable controls. You and your guests or employees will appreciate this investment. No one has to remember to adjust the thermostat before they leave. Most programmable controls are already pre-programmed, but also allow you to program it to your schedule or business hours. These are the four common types of programmable controls:


7-day programming- lets you program a different heating schedule every day of the week

5-1-1 programming- same heating schedule during the week, but various plans for Saturday and Sunday


5-2 programming- same as 5-1-1 programming, but Saturday and Sunday have the same heating schedule


1-week programming- same heating schedule for every day of the week


Other types of programmable controls include Smart thermostats which use Wi-Fi, allowing you to adjust your thermostat from an app on a mobile device. These thermostats could save you time and money so get with the "program."


Tip 4: Clean Around Your HVAC Unit


This simple tip will ensure that your unit will run safely and efficiently. During the fall and winter, leaves can accumulate around your unit and can prevent it from functioning correctly. So be sure there are 2 feet of no debris surrounding your unit.


Tip 5: Inspect Your Ductworks


If you notice that the utility bill is higher in your home, or the temperature inside is never comfortable (no matter how much you adjust the thermostat), this could be a sign of a leak or crack in one or more of your ducts. These issues are why it is essential to have your ductwork inspected. Having your business or home's ducts inspected will ensure that your HVAC system is running efficiently, and not wasting energy or your money.


Final Thoughts


Following these tips will ensure that your HVAC unit is providing a safe and healthy work or living environment. As fall and winter are approaching, now is the time to make sure that your HVAC is in top-notch condition to make it through the cold. So, be proactive and schedule your inspection with us today at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating!