Don't Let the Cold Get to Your HVAC System: How to Maintain Your Home Heating and Cooling in Winter

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Winter is here, and you know what that means; it's time to maintain your HVAC system properly. Carrying out routine maintenance on your HVAC system is crucial to avoid breakdowns, reduce energy bills, and keep a comfortable home throughout the winter. Here's how to maintain your HVAC system in winter.

1. Clean or Replace Your Air Filters

Dirty air filters can significantly restrict airflow, which can cause your HVAC system to work harder, less efficiently, and consume more energy to heat your home. Take out your air filters, clean them properly, or replace them entirely in the furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump system.

2. Check and Insulate Air Ducts

With time, your air ductwork may develop cracks and leaks that could lead to unwanted air leaks and poor heating during the winter. Check the air ducts for leaks and seal any found with duct sealant or duct tape. Additionally, insulate the air ducts in colder areas of your home, like the attic or basement, to ensure the heat stays inside and doesn't escape.

3. Clean the Outdoor Unit

During winter, your outdoor unit may be susceptible to snow, ice, and debris damage. As a homeowner, you should frequently check and clean the outdoor unit by removing any debris that might clog airflow, reducing system efficiency.

4. Schedule Professional Maintenance

While cleaning your filters, inspecting your air ducts, and cleaning the outdoor unit can be carried out by a homeowner, it's best to have a professional HVAC contractor provide professional maintenance. They can check the system's internal components, point out any issues that require repair, and thoroughly clean your system.

5. Programmable Thermostat

You can maintain your HVAC system by installing a programmable thermostat to adjust and control your home's temperature. With a programmable thermostat, you can lower the temperature when you're not home, saving energy and reducing your heating bills.

Caldwell's HVAC Services

With our expertise in HVAC maintenance and repair, we can address any problems promptly and efficiently. Carter Comfort Systems is committed to providing exceptional service and ensuring our customers' comfort. Contact us today at (208) 739-4181 to schedule a maintenance appointment or for any HVAC-related concerns.