With four distinct seasons, Indianapolis area homeowners are faced with the task of preparing for significant changes in the weather which can affect HVAC efficiency, comfort, and safety. When it comes time to get your home ready for winter you can make transitioning seasons much easier by planning ahead, using these five tips to enhance the performance and longevity of your heating system.
Ensure Proper Airflow
Supply and return vents should be unobstructed by furniture, toys, fabrics, or other items to promote adequate airflow and maintain the pressure balance within your HVAC system.
Check Your Air Filter
A dirty air filter is incapable of trapping contaminants such as allergens, dust, and other particulates that can have a negative impact on your health and indoor air quality. In addition to protecting your family’s health an air filter also prevents these particulates from causing unnecessary wear and tear to your HVAC equipment which can result in costly repairs, loss of comfort, and a decreased lifespan. Clean or replace your air filter before turning on your heating system for the first time each winter and repeat this process every four to six weeks as needed.
Open the Windows
Towards late summer and early fall, take advantage of the cooler outdoor temperatures by turning off your cooling system and opening your windows to allow the fresh air to circulate throughout your home. In addition to the money you’ll save on reduced energy usage, there will be less wear and tear on your cooling system, and you will have the opportunity to air out your interior.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
The process of transitioning seasons means switching from cooling to heating, and annual preventive maintenance each spring and fall can help to ensure your HVAC equipment is operating at peak performance and efficiency.
Turn Off the A/C at Night
Save energy by turning the A/C off at night and turning floor and ceiling fans on, or adjust the thermostat by several degrees to reflect the change in temperature.
For expert assistance with transitioning seasons in your Indianapolis area home, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.