Taking care of the HVAC system in your Indiana home is something every homeowner must do year-round. As the weather will soon change thanks to the upcoming colder months of the year, winterizing your HVAC system as soon as possible is of utmost importance. Here are a few tips to start the process:
Replace the Air Filter
Air filters do a great job filtering contaminants out of your home’s air but will clog up over time, causing your system to work harder. The average HVAC air filter needs to be replaced every 3-4 months but should be checked once a month since increased wind and other factors can impact its functionality. Replacement will improve the efficiency of your system and help maintain air quality.
Clean the Outside Unit
Before winter hits, there’s a good chance that an increased amount of leaves, branches, and other debris will find its way atop your system’s outdoor unit. Since this can hamper its performance, you should physically remove any debris you find and follow that up with spraying down the unit with a water hose.
Cover the Outside Unit
Although washing down the unit should be on your to-do list, exposing it to the harsh elements of winter that cause moisture to accumulate on a regular basis can severely damage the unit and its effectiveness. You can remedy this by either purchasing a cover made for this particular function or, barring that, cover it with a tarp held down by rocks.
Reach Out to a Technician
The best way to keep your home’s HVAC system running properly and efficiently is to contact a technician for a yearly check-up. A professional will be able to make sure the unit is in top-notch operational condition and provide you with tips on how to keep it that way.
For more expert advice on winterizing your HVAC, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, please reach out to the professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the needs of Indianapolis for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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